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# One Question a day – Q#2 SC 26022014

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01 Mar 2014, 21:19
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Unlike conventional thinking that early tribes of Apache had reached the American Southwest after the Spanish invasion in the sixteenth Century, Archeologist Seymour revealed that some storage platforms where the tribesman lived in rock shelters clearly pre-dated their stint at least 200 years earlier than originally thought.

A. Unlike conventional thinking that early tribes of Apache had reached the American Southwest after the Spanish invasion in the sixteenth Century, Archeologist Seymour revealed that some storage platforms where the tribesman lived in rock shelters clearly pre-dated their stint at least 200 years earlier than originally thought. –

A. Improper modification; what should follow conventional thinking is some other kind of thinking and not the Architect.

B. Unlike conventional thinking, early tribes of Apache had reached the American Southwest after the Spanish invasion in the sixteenth Century, Archeologist Seymour revealed that some storage platforms where the tribesman lived in rock shelters clearly pre-dated their stint at least 200 years earlier than originally thought.

B.This is an awful sentence. First, the modification is imporper as in A. Second, The meaning is changed without the relative pronoun ‘that’. Third, this is a blatant run-on sentence.

C. Unlike conventional thinking that early tribes of Apache had reached the American Southwest after the Spanish invasion in the sixteenth Century, Archeologist Seymour revealed that some storage platforms where the tribesman lived in rock shelters clearly pre-dated their stint at least 200 years earlier than originally thought.

C. Modification problem as in A and B. Secondly the choice talks of some storage platforms, where the tribals lived. Nobody lives in storage platforms.

D. As per contemporary studies, and in contrast to conventional wisdom, Archeologist Seymour revealed that some storage platforms in rock shelters where the early tribesman of Apache lived pre-dated the tribal’s stint at least 200 years earlier than the Spanish Invasion of the American Southwest took place in the sixteenth century. ---

D. Concise and clear--- Correct choice.

E. Unlike conventional thinking that early tribes of Apache had reached the American Southwest after the Spanish invasion in the sixteenth Century, current wisdom spearheaded by Archeologist Seymour revealed that the tribals had reached the spot at least 200 years earlier, basing the proposal on the storage platforms built in where the early tribesman of Apache lived in rock shelters

E.Misplaced modifier; It is not clear what the modifier ‘basing the proposal on’ is trying to modify. It should modify thee archeologist. Here it seems to modify the tribals’ arrival time.

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01 Mar 2014, 21:48
Went with E for the below reasons.

A,B,C - wrong comparison

Both D and E sounded fine to me.

However, I thought D has 'and preceded by comma' and it doesn't have a clause following it. So, felt that D is probably wrong.

Why am I wrong in eliminating D?

Moreover, I felt E to be fine even re-reading it.

Why did you think it is modifying the tribal's arrival time?
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01 Mar 2014, 22:39
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On first look E seemed to be correct.Then after a careful reading of D and E,I decided to go with D,mainly because of the modifier issue with E.
A,B,C are obviously violating parallelism.

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02 Mar 2014, 04:28
E. Unlike conventional thinking that early tribes of Apache had reached the American Southwest after the Spanish invasion in the sixteenth Century, current wisdom spearheaded by Archeologist Seymour revealed that the tribals had reached the spot at least 200 years earlier, basing the proposal on the storage platforms built in where the early tribesman of Apache lived in rock shelters

We do not require 'had' before 'reached' as we are explicitly mentioning 'after' + noun phase 'the spanish invasion'.
'Current' should follow present tense, not past - 'revealed' .
'had' in 'the tribals had reached' is also wrong as there is no 2nd action.
modifier 'basing..' is incorrect.
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09 Mar 2014, 09:38
A and C look exactly the same. What is the difference between the two?
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31 Jul 2014, 20:05
I'm not too comfortable with the redundancy issue in D 'pre-dated the tribal’s stint at least 200 years earlier'!
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05 Aug 2014, 00:40
First of all: Nice question, but the posting is not adequate. With all the spoilers you can't really compare the different answer choices. Please leave them the next time
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26 Nov 2017, 16:45
daagh, hello, the question is really hard and interesting. Do you know the source of the question? I worry about this question much.
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26 Nov 2017, 21:04
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This is my own question, and I don't remember wherefrom I took the passage; I have also given my views on each of the choices.

But just one thing; one of the practices that this question is supposed to give is what to do when you don't understand something in the hall.
In any case, this is a modification and comparison question, right? You can perhaps re-visit the tenets of modification and comparison and look ahead thereof. More practice seems to be the solution for your worry. If there is something worthwhile in this topic, you may take it.

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26 Nov 2017, 23:42
is it a hard and fat rule that whenever and is preceded by comma, a IC should be followed???

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