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In Egypt in the late Paleolithic period, the climate

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In Egypt in the late Paleolithic period, the climate changed, pastures became deserts, and the inhabitants were forced to withdraw to the land bordering the Nile from their hunting grounds.

a) inhabitants were forced to withdraw to the land bordering the Nile from their hunting grounds
b) inhabitants were forced to withdraw from their hunting grounds to the land bordering the Nile
c) inhabitants having been forced to, withdrew from their hunting grounds to the land that bordered the Nile
d) inhabitants withdrew, because they were forced to, from their hunting grounds to the land bordering the Nile

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17 Sep 2005, 05:57
You can rule choice A out immediately since the sentence doesn't make any sense at all.

b is the best choice.

C and d are both lenghty and awkward.

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17 Sep 2005, 06:02
Hi wilfred,

However isn't that we have to maintain parallelism in the question and choice b is more of passive construction.
Although choice D makes that type of parallelism which is as follows:
First, the climate changed,
Second, pastures became deserts,
Third the inhabitants withdrew

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19 Sep 2005, 08:38
goswami_anshul wrote:
Hi wilfred,

However isn't that we have to maintain parallelism in the question and choice b is more of passive construction.
Although choice D makes that type of parallelism which is as follows:
First, the climate changed,
Second, pastures became deserts,
Third the inhabitants withdrew

D sounds plain bad when you read it. It puts the message across to us using very awkward ways. Concision is also one of the thing GMAT tests!

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19 Sep 2005, 09:06
Thanks to all of you for your replies.

Well i put my reasoning in this way.

When i read this question i thought that this parallel construction problem which i indicated in my last question. Furthermore i noticed few other things, Choice A contains incorrect idiom "From X to Y" and with withdraw the idiom comes as from.

Choice C using Present Perfect thus we can eliminate for violating tense.

However still i could not figure what's wrong in Choice D. As it contains "because they were forced to" as non-restrictive clause and in case we remove that then we can have perfect sentence as well.

inhabitants withdrew from their hunting grounds to the land bordering the Nile

I know i am persistent on this as it will help me clearing my basics.

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23 Sep 2005, 09:10
OA is choice B

However it is still not clear to me. Is it possible for someone to post his explanation so that my doubts can be cleared regarding this question?

Thanks.

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