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That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating of a 1000 year old Hohokam village in Tempe, Arizona, has nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exists.

A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation
C. Discovering Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation

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28 Apr 2010, 16:01
Thanks nverma. I was bit confused between B and E. Your explanation clarifies my doubt.
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28 Apr 2010, 23:38
in B we have a plural "figurines" which does not go with "has nearly doubled the number "
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27 Jul 2010, 09:32
The problem I have with E is that I have always thought that "during" has to appear with a specific time. Ex.- during one year, during Prehistoric era, etc. and never in phrases such as I drank a lot during my birthday, or I will meet my cousin during holidays.
Could anybody clarify?
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The problem I have with E is that I have always thought that "during" has to appear with a specific time. Ex.- during one year, during Prehistoric era, etc. and never in phrases such as I drank a lot during my birthday, or I will meet my cousin during holidays.
Could anybody clarify?

Nobody is going to clarify this?
And aside from that...

...was has nearly doubled the number is not the discovery (as E says), but the 21 ceramic figurines themselves (as in B).

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06 Jan 2011, 02:34
at the excavating - Idiomatically wrong, so choice B & C are out.
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
Correct idiom used, but reflects The Ceramic d Figurines have doubled but not the discoveries.hence wrong
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation - Correct, as it indicates discoveries of TCDFs has doubled.
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Do we have a meaning error in

B Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation

or only Subject Verb issue?( non underlined part has 'has' in it)
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Do we have a meaning error in

B Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation

or only Subject Verb issue?( non underlined part has 'has' in it)

B is wrong on many counts. 'at the excavation' is idiomatically wrong. should be 'during'.

for the 'has' part": should've been 'have'. so there is definitely a SV error. apart from that:

21 ceramic dog figurines themselves haven't doubled the artifcats. 'the discovery' of these 21 ceramic... 'has' doubled these artifacts.

so B is definitely incorrect.
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Sachin9 wrote:
Do we have a meaning error in

B Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation

or only Subject Verb issue?( non underlined part has 'has' in it)

B is wrong on many counts. 'at the excavation' is idiomatically wrong. should be 'during'.

for the 'has' part": should've been 'have'. so there is definitely a SV error. apart from that:

21 ceramic dog figurines themselves haven't doubled the artifcats. 'the discovery' of these 21 ceramic... 'has' doubled these artifacts.

so B is definitely incorrect.

Sorry @jumsumtak... But I don't think 'at the excavation' is wrong... it means at the excavation place ... but yes we can go ahead and discard this option using
sub+verb issue as pointed by You
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For me this question it is all about the meaning
what "has nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exists"
the Twenty-one ceramic dog or the DISCOVERY OF Twenty-one ceramic dog
So its E
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That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating of a 1000 year old Hohokam village in Tempe, Arizona, has nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exists.

A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation
C. Discovering Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation

--> E is OA. you should pay attention in the last clause. HAS is NOT suitable with A,B and D.
C is idiomatic --> Discovering & the excavating
So E is the best choice!
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That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating of a 1000 year old Hohokam village in Tempe, Arizona, has nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exists.

A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation
C. Discovering Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation

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Look at the non underlined part, (which as per GMAT rule contains no error) and notice the linking verb "HAS"
(Linking verbs such as "IS" "HAS" "BE" "BEING" "WAS" etc etc show a relationship between the subject and the complement)
It clearly indicated that the complement must be singular because "has" is singular. SO the subject of the sentence CAN ONLY BE SINGULAR AND CANNOT BE PLURAL.
In all option A,B,C,D the subject is figurines, which is the plural of figure .... so none of them can be the correct options

In ONLY E in subject of the sentence is discovery which is singular and hence correctly links with "has"
A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating
WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation
WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT
C. Discovering Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating
WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT

D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation
RIGHT Singular subject "discovery+singular linking verb "has"

The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation of a 1000 year old Hohokam village in Tempe, Arizona, has nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exists.
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