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Long overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec civilizations, historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies.

(A) historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies

(B) historians’ exploration is now of the more ancient Olmec culture's legacy to the Mesoamerican societies succeeding them

(C) the legacy of the more ancient Olmec culture to the Mesoamerican societies that succeeded them is what historians are now exploring

(D) the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies

(E) the Olmec culture is more ancient and had a legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies that historians are now exploring

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Long overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec civilizations, historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies.

(A) historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'Historians'. Modifier Error.

(B) historians’ exploration is now of the more ancient Olmec culture's legacy to the Mesoamerican societies succeeding them: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'Historians's exloration'. Modifier Error.

(C) the legacy of the more ancient Olmec culture to the Mesoamerican societies that succeeded them is what historians are now exploring: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'legacy'. Modifier Error.

(D) the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies: concise and correct choice.

(E) the Olmec culture is more ancient and had a legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies that historians are now exploring: incorrect usage of 'had'.


Why usage of 'had' in answer choice E is wrong?
All I see in choice E is a meaning error.

The nice thing about legacies is that they never go away. (Or, depending on the legacy in question, maybe that's not such a nice thing? :-))

Though the Olmec culture may be long gone, its legacy is still intact in the present, so the use of the past tense "had" is not appropriate here. The question writer gives us a hint about the tense by connecting the present tense "is" with the past tense "had." It can be completely fine to have two different tenses in the same sentence, but there has to be a good reason for the tense shift. In this case, there isn't a good reason for it at all.

I hope that helps!
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Long overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec civilizations, historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies.

(A) historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'Historians'. Modifier Error.

(B) historians’ exploration is now of the more ancient Olmec culture's legacy to the Mesoamerican societies succeeding them: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'Historians's exloration'. Modifier Error.

(C) the legacy of the more ancient Olmec culture to the Mesoamerican societies that succeeded them is what historians are now exploring: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'legacy'. Modifier Error.

(D) the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies: concise and correct choice.

(E) the Olmec culture is more ancient and had a legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies that historians are now exploring: incorrect usage of 'had'.
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the more ancient Olmec culture should follow the opening modifier as correctly done in D. E Changes the meaning altogether.
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According to option D, the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies.
But I have doubt on underlined part. Is it right to use to+Ving form here?

Please clear my doubt.
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Long overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec civilizations, historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies.

(A) historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies - Historians are not overshadowed. Incorrect

(B) historians’ exploration is now of the more ancient Olmec culture's legacy to the Mesoamerican societies succeeding them - Same as A

(C) the legacy of the more ancient Olmec culture to the Mesoamerican societies that succeeded them is what historians are now exploring - Incorrectly modifies the legacy

(D) the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies - Correctly modifies Olmec Culture. Use of being is correct as a verb in progressive tense. I guess so.

(E) the Olmec culture is more ancient and had a legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies that historians are now exploring[/quote]. Incorrect. Parallelism error.

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Can somebody explain the usgae of prepositional phrase for it's legacy to succeeding mesoamerican societies

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A,B - Modifier issue.
C,E - ... societies "that" --> incorrectly referring to societies.

Hence, D is the Answer.
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can somebody explain the usgae of prepositional phrase for it's legacy to succeeding mesoamerican societies

We must take that there is no apostrophe for 'its.'
The usage 'for its legacy to' simply means 'for its contribution to.'
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According to option D, the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies.
But I have doubt on underlined part. Is it right to use to+Ving form here?

Please clear my doubt.


Hi ,

Use if being here is absolutely correct. Here the emphasis of the sentence is on the present development taking place. Historians are exploring now. So to show present continuous tense being has to be used.
Please go through this thread. You will get better understanding by reading that thread.
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Hi dear reader, yes you!

Don't listen to folks above. E is 100 % grammatically correct, but it has meaning issues: "that" seems to modify Mesoamerican societies, but in original text Olmec culture "is now being explored". So D is correct.

(D) the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies

(E) the Olmec culture is more ancient and had a legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies that historians are now exploring
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I completely deny with the answer choice considered correct in the Qs.
the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies.
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Actually, 'to' is not an infinitive here. It is used as a proposition to adjectively modify the on-coming noun 'societies.'
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Long overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec civilizations, historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies.

(A) historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'Historians'. Modifier Error.

(B) historians’ exploration is now of the more ancient Olmec culture's legacy to the Mesoamerican societies succeeding them: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'Historians's exloration'. Modifier Error.

(C) the legacy of the more ancient Olmec culture to the Mesoamerican societies that succeeded them is what historians are now exploring: 'Olmec culture' is Overshadowed; not 'legacy'. Modifier Error.

(D) the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies: concise and correct choice.

(E) the Olmec culture is more ancient and had a legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies that historians are now exploring: incorrect usage of 'had'.


Why usage of 'had' in answer choice E is wrong?
All I see in choice E is a meaning error.
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Question No.: SC 245

Long overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec civilizations, historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies.

(A) historians are now exploring the more ancient Olmec culture for the legacy it had for succeeding Mesoamerican societies
(B) historians’ exploration is now of the more ancient Olmec culture's legacy to the Mesoamerican societies succeeding them
(C) the legacy of the more ancient Olmec culture to the Mesoamerican societies that succeeded them is what historians are now exploring
(D) the more ancient Olmec culture is now being explored by historians for its legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies
(E) the Olmec culture is more ancient and had a legacy to succeeding Mesoamerican societies that historians are now exploring


So here the opening modifier Long Overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec civilizations will modify something..
A and B are out as it cannot modify the historians or exploration (meaning)

C is also out.

out of D and E, D makes sense as E changes the meaning

the more ancient Olmec Culture v/s the Olmec culture is more ancient
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Primarily a Question of meaning game here rather than grammatical counts.
D gives the best meaning ans structure. :) :)

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Have a question about D
Thinking about parallem, if choose D, it will be like
" Long overshadowed by Maya and Aztec civilization, the more ancient Olmec culture........"
does "the more ancient olmec culture" make sense here? Should't it be "the Olmec culture"?
I thought the only choose that make sense when thinking about the parallem is E.

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E has woefully lost the original intent. The original says that the historians are exploring the Olmec culture while E says that the historians are exploring the succeeding Mesoamerican societies.
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Why can the legacy of the more ancient Olmec culture not be overshadowed by the Maya and Aztec Civilizations? (Why is C wrong?)
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