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# Most historians now concede that the different ways in which

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Most historians now concede that the different ways in which the European nation-states colonized the New World was determined more by local conditions than by their various national cultures.

A was determined more by local conditions than by their
B was determined more by local conditions than by its
C has been determined more by local conditions than by its
D were determined more by local conditions than by their
E were determined more by local conditions than by its

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26 Feb 2004, 20:47
D also. "their" should refer the "various national cultures" to the "European nation-states". The reason being that the New World was colonized, not based on its local conditions, but instead based on the various national cultures of the European nation-states.

E sounds as if the colonization of the New world was based more on its "local conditions" than on its "various national cultures". The comparison does not make as much sense and is not as strong as when compared to "the various national cultures of the European nation states"
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27 Feb 2004, 06:26
anandnk wrote:
D looks too good. I hope there is no trap here.

there shouldn't be any traps. it is (d). immediately eliminate (a), (b), (c), for "ways were". and eliminate (e) for "their" refers to european states.
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27 Feb 2004, 12:46
D.

this is a pronoun referant and a subject verb agreement problem
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27 Feb 2004, 15:20
D is the correct answer. If we look at the changes among the answer choices, we see that there is a difference between was and were, and its and their. Therefore this is both a Subject-Verb and a Pronoun problem. First, we must determine if the subject is either singular or plural. Since the subject of the sentence is ways, the verb must take the plural form. Therefore we can eliminate A,B, and C for having the singular was or has. Since the pronoun at the end of the sentence clearly refers to nation-states, we must eliminate the singular its in E, and accept D as our correct answer.

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