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In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans from the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans from the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

Originally posted by eybrj2 on 11 Feb 2012, 23:01.
Last edited by generis on 03 Nov 2018, 10:29, edited 2 times in total.
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12 Feb 2012, 18:23
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+1 for D.

C uses the wrong tense(has imported). We are talking about 1719 here. (distant past). We need a past perfect to establish that import happened before the 1719 - invention.

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+1 for D. Correctly uses the past perfect tense .Which is unnecessary and can be avoided .
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13 Feb 2012, 22:38
The tense in choice C is wrong. The tense of non-underlined part of the sentence is past simple. Read carefully, you will realize the achievement of the Europeans was gained before that past action. So, the correct tense is past perfect.

The correct answer is choice D.
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13 Feb 2012, 23:29
C uses wrong tense. D is the correct as it uses correct tense.
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08 Apr 2012, 08:16
Hi, why A is incorrect? It sounds more logical to me....on the contrary in answer D seems that we are comparing the WAY found by manufactures, instead of comparing the hard-paste porcelain.
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08 Apr 2012, 09:52
D doesn't talk about 'the Far East' at all.

IMO, the answer should be A.
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08 Apr 2012, 10:09
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Hi, why A is incorrect? It sounds more logical to me....on the contrary in answer D seems that we are comparing the WAY found by manufactures, instead of comparing the hard-paste porcelain.
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(A) uses the wrong tense choice I think "what was being"

(D) actually, porcelain is being compared to the imports. looking at the sentence structure, "comparable to . . ." modifies porcelain (it immediately follows porcelain)
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+1 for D. Correctly uses the past perfect tense .Which is unnecessary and can be avoided .

yes..use of had is not obligatory.
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In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

Is the transcription just correct here? Why is the info about from the Far East missing in option C, D, and E?
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18 Sep 2017, 10:19
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In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

Is the transcription just correct here? Why is the info about from the Far East missing in option C, D, and E?

I guess this is acceptable, As the sentence meaning doesn't change.
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daagh wrote:
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In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

Is the transcription just correct here? Why is the info about from the Far East missing in option C, D, and E?

Also what is the related event for had imported ??
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11 Dec 2017, 15:13
(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries fragment

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries
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09 Aug 2018, 11:03
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In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

This question has to be reworded. Following is excerpt from NYT.

Meissen has claimed to be the birthplace of European porcelain since Johann Friedrich Bottger, a former pharmacist's apprentice and sometime alchemist whose 300th birthday Meissen celebrates this year, found a way in 1719 to combine kaolin, quartz and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture hard-paste porcelain comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries from the Far East. Moved to Deserted Castle

https://www.nytimes.com/1982/07/10/busi ... elain.html

is comma (,) required after porcelain ?
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12 Aug 2018, 00:32
eybrj2 wrote:
In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

the importing happens before the manufacturing so, had done is used not simple past.
"for centuries" can be finished or unfinished time words, which show a period in the past or a period from the past point of time to present, depending on context. in this context "for centuries" is finished time words which show a period which finished before manufacturing. but "for centuries" can be unfinised time period and simple past, not past perfect is used.

this point is hard, because in some case, "for centuries show a unfinished period.

when I met her last year, she said she learned gmat for many months.

in this case, "leaned" not "had learned " is correct because at the time of speaking, leaning still go on.

am i correct, ? pls, comment, i am not expert on gmat sc.
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12 Aug 2018, 03:24
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is correct. and in this case, simple past, not past perfect is used.

what I want to say is that "for " is used in past context can signal a simple past or past ferfect, depending on meaning

and the only case, in which past perfect is used is that it show an action happening before a past action. we know the sequence by understanding the context
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In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

There are 2 things in past. So the past perfect is used
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13 Sep 2018, 15:25
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In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, a kind of potash, to manufacture a hard-paste porcelain, which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries.

(A) which was comparable to what was being imported by Europeans form the Far East for centuries

(B) which compared with that which Europeans imported from the Far East for centuries

(C) comparable to what Europeans has imported for centuries

(D) comparable to what Europeans had imported for centuries

(E) that could be compared to what Europeans imported for centuries

First time I mention it.
"Which was comparable" sounds not right. Or redundant or something that does not make sense.
"comparable"on the other hand isan attribute of porcelain, so it is good.
A, B are out.
C has SV agreement error. Europeans - plural, has - singular.
"couldbe compared" - same as "which". Out.

D.
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28 Oct 2018, 07:35
daagh , could you please tell me whether the usage of " had imprted " is right here. I chose D by POE. but I'm not sure about the past perfect
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28 Oct 2018, 21:32
Is underline portion cover ", comparable " or not? If yes, D is correct, otherwise, D is wrong.

Where am I wrong?
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