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More than five thousand years ago, Chinese scholars accurately described the flow of blood as a contin­uous circle controlled by the heart, but it went unnoticed in the West.


(A) but it went

(B) but it was

(C) although it was

(D) but the discovery went

(E) although the discovery was

Originally posted by ashishd on 14 Jul 2009, 03:13.
Last edited by Bunuel on 16 Sep 2018, 21:40, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question and added the OA.
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New post 14 Jul 2009, 12:31
If the word following the underlined section was 'unknown' instead of 'unnoticed' 'was' would have been fine. However, the use of 'was' implies that the discovery was a known fact just not known in the west.

Now, when one is using the word, 'discovery' the implication is that some thing was unknown till a certain point in time -- when it was discovered, it came to be known as the truth.

I hope this helps. Apologies it this is confusing.
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The main difference btw the answers choices is but/although at my first glance.
but is a coordinating conjunction (needs ind clause here)
although is a subordinating conjunction (needs a dep clause)
This leaves only statements C and D.
C is more concise, but improperly uses a pronoun for a concept...
So, D is correct
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New post 29 Nov 2009, 05:21
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If the word following the underlined section was 'unknown' instead of 'unnoticed' 'was' would have been fine. However, the use of 'was' implies that the discovery was a known fact just not known in the west.

Now, when one is using the word, 'discovery' the implication is that some thing was unknown till a certain point in time -- when it was discovered, it came to be known as the truth.

I hope this helps. Apologies it this is confusing.



I managed to chose D as my answer. I think you guys have over complicated your analysis of this sentence. You definitely need the "but" to show a contradicting point here that a truth was discovered way in the past and yet this truth has not yet been acknowledged in the west. So you NEED the "but." It's wrong to use "although" because it shows contradiction on the same subject or the noun. Over here, we don't have the same noun being described. For example:

Although Tom is a nice guy, he can be mean. ----> both the clauses are talking about the same subject noun, Tom. This is not the case with our sentence.

We're rather showing contradiction in events, so we're left with options A, B, and D. Option A and B use "it" which is wrong because we're talking about the whole event not about a particlular noun since "it" is a pronoun.

So D wins.
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will vote for : D

Although - introduces subordinate clause
but - introduces independent clause

"it" is ambiguous
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A subtle difference between D and E, not in terms of grammar but in terms of altered intent.
D uses a coordinate conjunction but, while E is using a subordinate conjunction although. A coordinating conjunction is used when both the joined arms have equal importance, here in this case, that the Chinese discovery on one hand and the West’s not noticing it on the other. Both are equally weighed as per the original text. This is the correct treatment of the theme.
However, in E, the west not noticing the discovery is given a subordinate importance, a sort of distortion from the original; That is the reason E is considered inappropriate.
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daagh wrote:
A subtle difference between D and E, not in terms of grammar but in terms of altered intent.
D uses a coordinate conjunction but, while E is using a subordinate conjunction although. A coordinating conjunction is used when both the joined arms have equal importance, here in this case, that the Chinese discovery on one hand and the West’s not noticing it on the other. Both are equally weighed as per the original text. This is the correct treatment of the theme.
However, in E, the west not noticing the discovery is given a subordinate importance, a sort of distortion from the original; That is the reason E is considered inappropriate.


Can you please give more details on the Coordinate COnjunction and Subordinate conjunction. When and where to use these?
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Can you please give more details on the Coordinate COnjunction and Subordinate conjunction. When and where to use these?


Generalizing is probably not the best way to learn this. The difference is meaning.

(E) means that the discovery went unnoticed in the West, but Chinese scholars accurately described the flow of blood anyway. In (E), the West's failure to notice actually interfered with the Chinese scholars' ability to describe blood flow.

(D) means that Chinese scholars accurately described blood flow, and we would expect the West to notice this discovery, but surprisingly they did not.

So in this case, "although" gives us preconditions that were overcome, while "but" gives us a surprising result. We want the latter, so (D) is the answer.
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New post 01 Oct 2018, 19:52
My best guess and understanding is the difference in the meaning of answer choices in this question.
It had to be between D & E and I chose E as the option as you would always prefer "although" over "but" in normal circumstances but here in this exception , Although changes the meaning of the sentence as you need a contradiction here , hence usage of "but" is correct.
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