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Metals, pigments and other chemical substances used by ancient culture

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Metals, pigments and other chemical substances used by ancient cultures were not always benign, as the use of toxic lead by ancient Romans in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and their private homes demonstrate.

(A) the use of toxic lead by ancient Romans in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and their private homes demonstrate

(B) demonstrated by the use of toxic lead in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—both of their aqueducts and their private homes by ancient Romans

(C) demonstrated by the toxic lead that ancient Romans used in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and their private homes

(D) toxic lead used by ancient Romans in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—both of their aqueducts and of their private homes demonstrate

(E) the use by ancient Romans of toxic lead in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and private homes demonstrates

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In this topic, the meaning and comparison are important. The stimulus makes it clear that the metals are not benign as proven by Lead; we should not misconstrue it for the use of lead.

A is anyway wrong for the using the plural verb demonstrate.
B is wrong for using the altered intent of ‘the use of lead”. It is wrong to say- both of – ‘of both’ is the correct expression.
C. the best choice; is forthright in comparing metals with lead rather than the use of lead.
D. Lead requires a singular verb demonstrates.
E. The use of lead is wrong.

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Splits :

Both of vs Of both :

Of both is correct. B & D are out.

Option E "the use of toxic lead" is wrong. Out.

A : "Demonstrates" is singular. Out.

Option C : Correct.

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In this topic, the meaning and comparison are important. The stimulus makes it clear that the metals are not benign as proven by Lead; we should not misconstrue it for the use of lead.

A is anyway wrong for the using the plural verb demonstrate.
B is wrong for using the altered intent of ‘the use of lead”. It is wrong to say- both of – ‘of both’ is the correct expression.
C. the best choice; is forthright in comparing metals with lead rather than the use of lead.
D. Lead requires a singular verb demonstrates.
E. The use of lead is wrong.

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Hi daagh
My question with C is how can "lead" demonstrate something?
Shouldn't "the use of lead" demonstrate?
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daagh wrote:
In this topic, the meaning and comparison are important. The stimulus makes it clear that the metals are not benign as proven by Lead; we should not misconstrue it for the use of lead.

A is anyway wrong for the using the plural verb demonstrate.
B is wrong for using the altered intent of ‘the use of lead”. It is wrong to say- both of – ‘of both’ is the correct expression.
C. the best choice; is forthright in comparing metals with lead rather than the use of lead.
D. Lead requires a singular verb demonstrates.
E. The use of lead is wrong.

Nice question


Hi daagh
My question with C is how can "lead" demonstrate something?
Shouldn't "the use of lead" demonstrate?
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If you notice, the question says
Metals, pigments and other chemical substancesused by ancient cultures were not always benign, as the use of toxic lead by ancient Romans in the plumbing-a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”-of both their aqueducts and their private homes demonstrate.

The "lead" demonstrates that it is not benign. Its usage during ancient roman only adds more info about 'lead'.
With this thought in mind, re-read the sentence with option C again.

Metals, pigments and other chemical substances used by ancient cultures were not always benign, as demonstrated by the toxic lead that ancient Romans used in the plumbing-a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”-of both their aqueducts and their private homes

To put in simple words-

Wives and girlfriends are known to be demanding, as demonstrated by my girlfriend who.......(It's too risky to complete the sentence. Let's leave it at that! ;) ).

I hope this (including the example I mentioned :P) helps.
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daagh wrote:
In this topic, the meaning and comparison are important. The stimulus makes it clear that the metals are not benign as proven by Lead; we should not misconstrue it for the use of lead.

A is anyway wrong for the using the plural verb demonstrate.
B is wrong for using the altered intent of ‘the use of lead”. It is wrong to say- both of – ‘of both’ is the correct expression.
C. the best choice; is forthright in comparing metals with lead rather than the use of lead.
D. Lead requires a singular verb demonstrates.
E. The use of lead is wrong.

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Could you please elaborate on why is "the use of lead" wrong?
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Metals, pigments and other chemical substances used by ancient cultures were not always benign, as the use of toxic lead by ancient Romans in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and their private homes demonstrate.

(A) the use of toxic lead by ancient Romans in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and their private homes demonstrate

(B) demonstrated by the use of toxic lead in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—both of their aqueducts and their private homes by ancient Romans

(C) demonstrated by the toxic lead that ancient Romans used in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and their private homes

(D) toxic lead used by ancient Romans in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—both of their aqueducts and of their private homes demonstrate

(E) the use by ancient Romans of toxic lead in the plumbing—a word derived from the Latin word for “lead”—of both their aqueducts and private homes demonstrates


The original sentence incorrectly pairs a singular subject ( the use) with a plural verb ( demonstrate). Don’t be misled by the distance between these two; everything between them is a modifier. In fact, the distance between use and demonstrate is so extreme that it’s easy to forget that use needs a verb. The correct choice should avoid this problem.

(A) This choice is incorrect, as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice fixes the subject-verb agreement problem (and the problem of distance) by changing the beginning to demonstrated by the use. However, it introduces two new problems. First, parallelism is broken in the phrase both of their aqueducts and their private homes. The first marker word ( both) is followed by of their, but the second marker word ( and) is followed directly by their. The proper form would be both of their… and of their… or of both their… and their…. Second, the prepositional phrase by the Romans is so far removed from the noun it goes with ( use) that we lose track of the meaning.

(C) CORRECT. This answer choice fixes all grammatical problems. Verbs are placed close to their natural subjects ( demonstrated by the toxic lead, ancient Romans used). Also, the parallelism of the both… and… construction at the end of the sentence is proper. It could be argued that the meaning has shifted ever so slightly (this choice states that the toxic lead itself demonstrates the point, rather than the use of that toxic lead), but we are left with no other choice, and a meaning shift of this minute degree is tolerable.

(D) This choice introduces a subject-verb disagreement: toxic lead… demonstrate. Moreover, these two (subject and verb) are still separated by an enormous distance, with many distracting elements in between.

(E) This choice still has a parallelism issue in the both their aqueducts and private homes. If both is followed by their, then and should be followed by their, too. Also, the separation of the modifier of toxic lead from the use creates a meaning problem, because this modifier seems to attach to ancient Romans.

The correct answer is C.
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