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The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and

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Re: SC: The Achaemenid Empire [#permalink]

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12 Dec 2007, 08:54
tarek99 wrote:
The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and

Pick C.
'from which' should modify/refer to script. Eliminate A.
'and from which deriving' is incorrect in B.
A and B require 'derive' not 'derives'. Eliminate D.
'and deriving from it' incorrect in E. --> We do not need 'and' here.

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12 Dec 2007, 11:01
OA is C

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25 Dec 2007, 23:47
is it because you don't wanna leave the pronoun "it" as the last word in the modifier?

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Re: SC: The Achaemenid Empire [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2007, 13:14
rhoeta wrote:
tarek99 wrote:
The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the-Changed from Singular

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and- Singular for the Script

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and-derive is subordinate to bringing so does not have to be ing to be II. May mean that the action is still ongoing

Go with D

I too think its D. can someone explain why that's not right?

Script is singular not plural right?

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Re: SC: The Achaemenid Empire [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2007, 14:11
tarek99 wrote:
The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and

I was confused between C and D , depending on whether they take it Singular or Plural. Though , i thought answer would be D. Explain C , please.

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Re: SC: The Achaemenid Empire [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2007, 17:21
tarek99 wrote:
The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and

first, you have to understand that "northern and southern Indian alphabets" can, logically, only be derived from the "Aramaic script."
In option B, it implies that "northern and southern Indian alphabets" are derived from "it." "It" can refer to either "The Achaemenid empire" or "Indus Valley."

In option C, the "from which" is referring directly to the word before it, which is "Aramaic script." This approach completely solves the confusion. Here, the "northern and southern Indian alphabets" are derived from "which" ("which" here is referring to Aramaic script). That solves our problem.

Hope this helps

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Re: SC: The Achaemenid Empire [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2007, 17:56
stopper5 wrote:
rhoeta wrote:
tarek99 wrote:
The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the-Changed from Singular

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and- Singular for the Script

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and-derive is subordinate to bringing so does not have to be ing to be II. May mean that the action is still ongoing

Go with D

I too think its D. can someone explain why that's not right?

Script is singular not plural right?

The verb must be conistent with SUBJECT, in this sentence word ALPHABETS is the subject and script is object.

it is easier to see if you reverse the sentence,

Both northern and southern alphabets DERIVE from Aramaic script.----> correct

Both northern and southern alphabets DERIVES from Aramaic script.---->incorrect

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Re: SC: The Achaemenid Empire [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2007, 19:53
IrinaOK wrote:
stopper5 wrote:
rhoeta wrote:
tarek99 wrote:
The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the-Changed from Singular

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and- Singular for the Script

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and-derive is subordinate to bringing so does not have to be ing to be II. May mean that the action is still ongoing

Go with D

I too think its D. can someone explain why that's not right?

Script is singular not plural right?

The verb must be conistent with SUBJECT, in this sentence word ALPHABETS is the subject and script is object.

it is easier to see if you reverse the sentence,

Both northern and southern alphabets DERIVE from Aramaic script.----> correct

Both northern and southern alphabets DERIVES from Aramaic script.---->incorrect

OK I get it. With less than 1 minute to answer it hard to go deeper into the sentence. !!

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Re: SC: The Achaemenid Empire [#permalink]

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28 Dec 2007, 02:49
rhoeta wrote:
IrinaOK wrote:
stopper5 wrote:
rhoeta wrote:
tarek99 wrote:
The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian alphabets.

a) the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

b) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the-means that Achaemenid empire was used to derive the alphabets

c) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the-Changed from Singular

d) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and- Singular for the Script

e) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and-derive is subordinate to bringing so does not have to be ing to be II. May mean that the action is still ongoing

Go with D

I too think its D. can someone explain why that's not right?

Script is singular not plural right?

The verb must be conistent with SUBJECT, in this sentence word ALPHABETS is the subject and script is object.

it is easier to see if you reverse the sentence,

Both northern and southern alphabets DERIVE from Aramaic script.----> correct

Both northern and southern alphabets DERIVES from Aramaic script.---->incorrect

OK I get it. With less than 1 minute to answer it hard to go deeper into the sentence. !!

True, it is hard, but eventually with enough practice, should not be impossible

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