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

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Re: The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar  [#permalink]

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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


https://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/23/science/ruins-alter-ideas-of-how-civilization-spread.html

The first trenches cut into the large 500-acre site, Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East apparently arose simultaneously but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq. In the conventional view, civilization was thought to begin solely in the south and then move north through trade and colonization.

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Let's start with subject-verb agreement.
Answer choices B and D have TRENCHES (plural) YIELDS (singular)
Eliminate B and D

Answer choice A has a problem with concision. Why say "trenches THAT WERE cut" when "trenches cut" will suffice?
Also, EVIDENCE FOR is not idiomatic.
Eliminate A.

Answer choice C has a parallelism issue.
We need the form VERB adverb preposition BUT adverb preposition the more celebrated city-states...
In C we have: were arising simultaneously but independently of the more celebrated
Eliminate C

For E we have: arose simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated
Perfect!

Answer: E

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Re: The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar  [#permalink]

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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


https://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/23/science/ruins-alter-ideas-of-how-civilization-spread.html

The first trenches cut into the large 500-acre site, Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East apparently arose simultaneously but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq. In the conventional view, civilization was thought to begin solely in the south and then move north through trade and colonization.

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Obvious errors:
1- were arising is wrong, past continuous is not required here, simple past "arose" will be best
2- evidence for can be replaced. It's somewhat referring to an action.

B: yields.. SV error. Rejected
C: present perfect is wrong. Rejected
D: Same as B
E: Wow.. this is exactly what we were looking for. Corrects 1 & 2 both
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Re: The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar   [#permalink] 02 Oct 2019, 22:18

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