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Native American burial sites dating back 5,000 years indicate that the residents of Maine at that time were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people.
(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people
(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking
(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture

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notice that the sentence include a reference in time at that time, so simple past is the correct verb tense.
eliminate B and D

In option E which cannot refer to people; it also uses past perfect, but it's not necessary.

Option C presents two problems
First is wordier than A
Second I think that you cannot say "a culture that was Algonquian-speaking". Can a culture be Algonquian-speaking? Can a culture speak?


The best answer choice is A.

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notice that the sentence include a reference in time at that time, so simple past is the correct verb tense.
eliminate B and D

In option E which cannot refer to people; it also uses past perfect, but it's not necessary.

Option C presents two problems
First is wordier than A
Second I think that you cannot say "a culture that was Algonquian-speaking". Can a culture be Algonquian-speaking? Can a culture speak?


The best answer choice is A.


Nicely explained!! :)
"A" for me too!
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btw, I think the question was pretty easy, probably for 650 score.
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thanks for you guys' explainations.
A is in many aspects better than C.
there is only one point confuse me: "residents" are people, but A says "the residents ... were part of a widespread culture "
can people are part of a culture?

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notice that the sentence include a reference in time at that time, so simple past is the correct verb tense.
eliminate B and D

In option E which cannot refer to people; it also uses past perfect, but it's not necessary.

Option C presents two problems
First is wordier than A
Second I think that you cannot say "a culture that was Algonquian-speaking". Can a culture be Algonquian-speaking? Can a culture speak?


The best answer choice is A.


Very good explanation, mike. Though I selected A, I overlooked the point 'at that time' as you rightly mentioned, and just thought there is no duration and hence no need to go for 'had been'.

Your post highlights that its very important to pay attention to each and everything in GMAT!
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Option A seems most concise.
In B,'people who were...'(passive construction) is unnecessarily wordy.
In C & D,it was people,and not culture,who spoke the language.
In E,'which' is incorrect usage to refer to people.

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Native American burial sites dating back 5,000 years indicate that the residents of Maine at that time were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people.
(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people
(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking
(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture

pls explain your choice in detail. thx!


IMO - A

(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people >> CORRECT
(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking >> incorrect - had been. plus wordy construction.
(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking >> culture was not Algonquian-speaking, but people.
(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking >> incorrect - had been. culture was not Algonquian-speaking, but people.
(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture >> incorrect - which, had been.

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+1 for A.

Split 1 : Past perfect is not required here. So B, D out. E also out because of a people.
Split 2 : C is pretty awkward and wordy. Adjective modifier is better than noun modifier.

So A is the correct answer.

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Native American burial sites dating back 5,000 years indicate that the residents of Maine at that time were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people.

(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people - correct!

(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking

Residents had been people who were – “had been” is wrong. With the usage of “had been” it seems that there was a time when American were once not the part of this culture.

Had is anyway incorrect because there are no two events we are talking about for which we need to show the order of their happening.

(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking

People are Algonquian-speaking not the culture
Residents were people who were – this is redundant. Two times using were.

(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking

People are Algonquian-speaking not the culture

Residents had been people who were – “had been” is wrong. With the usage of “had been” it seems that there was a time when American were once not the part of this culture.

(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture

People are Algonquian-speaking not the culture

Residents were people who were – this is redundant. Two times using were.
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