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14 Jun 2004, 14:08
2) In ancient times, Nubia was the principal corridor <where there were cultural influences transmitted>between Black Africa and the Mediterranean basin.
(A) where there were cultural influences transmitted
(B) through which cultural influences were transmitted
(C) where there was a transmission of cultural influences
(D) for the transmitting of cultural influences
(E) which was transmitting cultural influences

I m confused between B and D ...pls explain ur answer
If you have any questions
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14 Jun 2004, 22:38
baruna wrote:
2) In ancient times, Nubia was the principal corridor where there were cultural influences transmitted between Black Africa and the Mediterranean basin.

(A) where there were cultural influences transmitted
(B) through which cultural influences were transmitted
(C) where there was a transmission of cultural influences
(D) for the transmitting of cultural influences
(E) which was transmitting cultural influences

I m confused between B and D ...pls explain ur answer

I prefer B.

When I think of a corridor, I usually visualize a long tunnel. Things can be moved or transmitted through a tunnel. The use of 'through which' seems natural here.

D does come close, but it would be correct if it went like 'for the transmission'

just my two cents I'm starting to like this expression.
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14 Jun 2004, 22:53
I will go with B as well
Same reasoning as SmashingGrace
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14 Jun 2004, 23:04
On the B bandwagon.
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15 Jun 2004, 00:58
hello

there is need for a PERONOUN to refer back to a subject and in this sentence we need a pronoun to refer to the NUBIA...

A)'' where there were a ...'' seems very out of place and does corrrespond well...

C) '' where there was a '' does not suit...

E) here thr is a prnoun refering - which but here it says '' that nubia was transmitting'' which is not true fior it only served a ''medium'' of transmission

D) no pronoun refering ...

B) suits the best like evryone opined '' through which'' perfectly gives us an idea about what the sentence wants to convey and mean ...

HOPE THAT HELPS!

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15 Jun 2004, 02:15
I would prefer (B) as well, but If (D) is modified as follows:

"for transmitting cultural influences"

Still (B) be better or not??

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15 Jun 2004, 06:51
for(preposition) the(determiner -adjective) transmitting of cultural influences(noun phrase as the preposition object )

I dont see any problem with this.
ofcourse I would still choose an asnwer which has tranmission over transmitting. But this choice is not there. I feel (D) is concise.
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15 Jun 2004, 07:19
But can we connect preposition ""of" to the action "for the transmitting"?
Won't this make sentence awkward!!
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15 Jun 2004, 07:30
Hi mba,

I think you are right. transmitting of is definitely awkward.

Transmitting - act of sending

I believe (B) is right.

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15 Jun 2004, 07:31
B for better is my final answer.
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15 Jun 2004, 07:34
I would also go with D on this one.

In ancient times, Nubia was the principal corridor for the transmitting of cultural influences between Black Africa and the Mediterranean basin

The red part is a gerund phrase. "transmitting" is the infinitive form of "to transmit" and is a gerund. A gerund phrase works like a noun does.

Between B and D, I would choose D for conciness
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15 Jun 2004, 08:03
why I feel D is not correct is because the choice of strict english rules. Both the sentences use transitive verb. D is followed by a preposition and B is followed by an adverb. This is precise reason why ETS hates using â€œingâ€
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15 Jun 2004, 08:19
anandnk wrote:

Anand.

This is just out of my research. I have been doing some mind leaping with verbs for 2 days and religiously following verb rules. There has been some confusions also but that is primarily because of some gap in grammar reading.

Here I am not referring to noun-gerund but ing verb vs not ing verb. Correct me if I am wrong. I am not a veteran GMATic but learning. I know that was a strong statement and it may be erroneous.

And chief when I say final answer I mean that was the choice I would have made. Sometimes after reading discussions we change the answer. When I do that I still want to know that I belong to the statistical category of "buggy" and not "righty". AND THATS MY FINAL ANSWER.
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15 Jun 2004, 08:54
Great discussion...but my answer is B
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15 Jun 2004, 14:51
Hi it was really great discussion ...well i m still not clear whether B or D is correct .
I had marked D but OA is B
Source of this question is (SC885 by BIGB section-1 Question-2)
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