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In the sixteenth century, the push for greater precision in measuring time was not, like more recently, motivated by complicated philosophical questions about the nature of matter and the universe, but the practical matters of navigation: sailors simply needed more highly accurate timepieces in order to compute their longitude form the positions of the stars.

A. not, like more recently, motivated by complicated philosophical questions about the nature of matter and the universe, but the practical matters of navigation
B. being motivated by the practical matters of navigation, instead of complicated philosophical questions about the nature of matter and the universe, as it has been recently
C. motivated not by complicated philosophical questions about the nature of matter and the universe, like they were more recently, but by the practical matters of navigation
D. motivated by the practical matters of navigation, not complicated philosophical questions about the nature of matter and the universe, which was the case more recently
E. motivated not by complicated philosophical questions about the nature of matter and the universe, as has been the case more recently, but by the practical matters of navigation
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New post 14 May 2006, 21:56
Will go with E.

A – wrong use of like
B – “beingâ€
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Only E maitains the meaningful structure and conveys the right meaning.
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[quote="jaynayak"]Will go with E.

A – wrong use of like
B – “beingâ€
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New post 15 May 2006, 15:26
Ok...the main problem that I see is comparison.

"motivated not by.......but by", it is a correct comparison. So A, B and D are gone.

In C, "like" is not used correctly.

So........E
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New post 15 May 2006, 20:50
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The part of sentence where "which" is used can be removed from the sentence without any change to the meaning.
In this case....... "recently" is something that is required for the intended meaning of the author.

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