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Salt deposits and moisture threaten to destroy the Mohenjo-Daro excavation in Pakistan, the site of an ancient civilization that flourished at the same time as the civilizations in the Nile delta and the river valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates.

(A) that flourished at the same time as the civilizations
(B) that had flourished at the same time as had the civilizations
(C) that flourished at the same time those had
(D) flourishing at the same time as those did
(E) flourishing at the same time as those were


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pranav6082 wrote:
How is "that" in "the site of an ancient civilization that" modifying "civilization"? "of an ancient civilization" is a propositional phrase thus i thought "that" is modifying "site".

Why is this understanding incorrect?

Hi pranav6082, this entire concept of propositional phrase needs to be applied only in a given clause. Notice there that the following are separate clauses:

i) Salt deposits and moisture threaten to destroy the Mohenjo-Daro excavation in Pakistan, the site of an ancient civilization
- Notice that propositional phrase of an ancient civilization appears as part of this clause

ii) that flourished at the same time as the civilizations in the Nile delta and the river valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates.
- This is a separate clause (a relative/dependent clause)

So, you can't mix and match the two clauses. that (appearing in the second clause) will just follow the normal rule of what that can modify, in this case civilization.

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