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# The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at

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The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

A. that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but

B. that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also

C. having been cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously but

D. cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence of centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously but also

E. cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but

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12 Aug 2008, 12:36
a) "were arising" is incorrect tense
b) "yields" subject-verb agreement problem
c) "were arising" is incorrect tense
d) "yields" subject-verb agreement problem
e) works
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13 Aug 2008, 13:30
rigger wrote:
a) "were arising" is incorrect tense
b) "yields" subject-verb agreement problem
c) "were arising" is incorrect tense
d) "yields" subject-verb agreement problem
e) works

The OA is E, but I have a question regarding your comment. Are you saying that "were arising" is wrong because such a construction doesn't exist or that simple past in option E is better than the past progressive found in options A and C in this question?
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13 Aug 2008, 16:35
well E for me as well :

as far as the rejection of A is concerned :

its too verbose and indirect (u can make that out if you compare both A and E )

A is unnecessarily introducing pronouns(making kinda indirect) where as E states the same meaning in a much shorter and direct way.
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13 Aug 2008, 16:57
Idiom issue: evidence that is correct one

Eliminate A, D
Between B, C and E

A. that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but

B. that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also [ Yields doesn’t agree with the Subject – eliminate it]

C. having been cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously but [having been cut – is the cutting is in continuing in presentence – eliminate it]

D. cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence of centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously but also

E. cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but [Hold it]
Re: SC: The first trenches...   [#permalink] 13 Aug 2008, 16:57
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