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is the choice D can also be presented in this form?
" isolated from contact with Europeans longer than Aleuts or Inuits of the North Pacific and northern Alaska were "

Yes that's correct; in fact, this is quite a common pattern.


so that I can swap the location of Subject and Verb anytime, right?

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EducationAisle wrote:
pakasaip wrote:
is the choice D can also be presented in this form?
" isolated from contact with Europeans longer than Aleuts or Inuits of the North Pacific and northern Alaska were "

Yes that's correct; in fact, this is quite a common pattern.


so that I can swap the location of Subject and Verb anytime, right?

thank you for your help


Not always.... in most cases the swap would be very awkward and unacceptable, especially in a main clause starting with a subject.

However such a swap may be acceptable in the following cases:
1. In a comparative dependent clause (e.g.: in the example above)
2. In a main clause when the clause starts with a prepositional phrase. (e.g. Beside the river lay a green field.)

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so that I can swap the location of Subject and Verb anytime, right?

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Not always.... in most cases the swap would be very awkward and unacceptable, especially in a main clause starting with a subject.

However such a swap may be acceptable in the following cases:
1. In a comparative dependent clause (e.g.: in the example above)
2. In a main clause when the clause starts with a prepositional phrase. (e.g. Beside the river lay a green field.)[/quote]


Thank you a lot ... this is so clear!

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The key to answer this problem is comparison. try to get the meaning and so solve the ambigiuity of comparison.

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Inuits of the Bering Sea were in isolation from contact with Europeans longer than Aleuts or Inuits of the North Pacific and northern Alaska.

(A) in isolation from contact with Europeans longer than

(B) isolated from contact with Europeans longer than

(C) in isolation from contact with Europeans longer than were

(D) isolated from contact with Europeans longer than were
--> we need were to remove the ambiguity.

(E) in isolation and without contacts with Europeans longer than
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I have shorted the options to C and D . The only reason i picked D is because . In GMAC grammar rules - as far as i know - Verb is preferred over noun.
So, IMO it must be D.

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The answer should be D, as "in isolation" is not idiomatic and the sentence needs a plural verb "were".

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Imo D
Option B does not have parallelism and distorts meaning

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I have shorted the options to C and D. The only reason I picked D is because. In GMAC, grammar rules - as far as I know - Verb is preferred over noun.
So, IMO it must be D.


Nightmare has hit the bull's eye yet again... In GMAT, there is a rule known as 'VAN" meaning that first prefer the verb (V), then the adjective (A), and finally the noun (N). This is the rule that has decided in favor of D over C.
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A, B, and E - to end with longer than "were" ....
Left with C and D - were in isolation in C is not a good choice, thus D is correct.

The idiom isolated from is correctly used in this sentence. The comparison is clear and unambiguous.
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