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# The greatest road system built in the Americas prior to the

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The greatest road system built in the Americas prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus was the Incan highway, which, over 2,500 miles long and extending from northern Ecuador through Peru to southern Chile.

A. Columbus was the Incan highway, which over 2,500 miles long and extending
B. Columbus was the Incan highway, over 2,500 miles in length, and extended
C. Columbus, the Incan highway, which was over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
D. Columbus, the Incan highway, being over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
E. Columbus, the Incan highway was over 2,500 miles long, extending

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10 Oct 2008, 20:42
vksunder wrote:
The greatest road system built in the Americas prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus was the Incan highway, which, over 2,500 miles long and extending from northern Ecuador through Peru to southern Chile.

A. Columbus was the Incan highway, which over 2,500 miles long and extending
B. Columbus was the Incan highway, over 2,500 miles in length, and extended
C. Columbus, the Incan highway, which was over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
D. Columbus, the Incan highway, being over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
E. Columbus, the Incan highway was over 2,500 miles long, extending

The way A is written, it seems incomplete.

In C and D, "was extended" is Passive. Something that GMAT prefers to avoid.

Between B and E. I am not able to find fault with any of them.

I choose B.

Whats the OA ?
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10 Oct 2008, 23:53
vksunder wrote:
The greatest road system built in the Americas prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus was the Incan highway, which, over 2,500 miles long and extending from northern Ecuador through Peru to southern Chile.

A. Columbus was the Incan highway, which over 2,500 miles long and extending
B. Columbus was the Incan highway, over 2,500 miles in length, and extended
C. Columbus, the Incan highway, which was over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
D. Columbus, the Incan highway, being over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
E. Columbus, the Incan highway was over 2,500 miles long, extending

B just doesnt sound right to me. I want it to say " Columbus was the Incan highway, which was over 2,500 miles in length, and extended" ....because of the comma placement

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11 Oct 2008, 00:05
bigtreezl wrote:
vksunder wrote:
The greatest road system built in the Americas prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus was the Incan highway, which, over 2,500 miles long and extending from northern Ecuador through Peru to southern Chile.

A. Columbus was the Incan highway, which over 2,500 miles long and extending
B. Columbus was the Incan highway, over 2,500 miles in length, and extended
C. Columbus, the Incan highway, which was over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
D. Columbus, the Incan highway, being over 2,500 miles in length, was extended
E. Columbus, the Incan highway was over 2,500 miles long, extending

B just doesnt sound right to me. I want it to say " Columbus was the Incan highway, which was over 2,500 miles in length, and extended" ....because of the comma placement

I get it Thanks
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11 Oct 2008, 15:17
OA - E. I chose B and got the question wrong during my practice.

I think it boils down to usage of extending vs extended, but not sure how each one impacts this particular sentence. Can someone shed some light? Thanks!

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15 Oct 2008, 13:50
E it is. Again, its the matter of spoken English.

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