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# The Achaemenid emplire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in

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The Achaemenid emplire 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) ...
(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

OA is C

But I think the tense "derive" is wrong.

My choice is (E). deriving is ll with bringing. "from it" is also, it refers to Aramaic script.

ANy thoughts?
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03 Aug 2008, 04:26
IMO the two alphabets derive from X - plural.
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03 Aug 2008, 06:03
Nerdboy wrote:
IMO the two alphabets derive from X - plural.

I think derive should be in past tense "derived"
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03 Aug 2008, 12:36
The Achaemenid emplire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and southern Indian alphabets.

I think, by using 'derive' in a present form, this sentence is adding more information to an event that happened in past, info that is a universal truth or still applies today.

For example:
When Yankees reached the British islands they thought it was not very fertile but that piece of land is very fertile.
(I just made it up, not sure what yankess thought!)
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