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The handshake, long used as a means of conducting business, is believed to date to ancient times, where it was a means of showing strangers that the extended hand held no weapon.


A- Where it was a means of showing strangers
B- Having been a means to show strangers
C- Being a means to showing strangers
D- Where it meant of showing strangers
E- Used as a means to show strangers

Originally posted by shiva007 on 26 Sep 2018, 00:22.
Last edited by shiva007 on 26 Sep 2018, 01:31, edited 2 times in total.
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should we eliminate options containing "being" and "having" directly?
How to distinguish a "verb-ed" as "modifier" and "Verb".
Here, in option E, "Used" is a verb or a verb-ed modifier ?
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A- Where it was a means of showing strangers
B- Having been a means to show strangers
C- Being a means to showing strangers
D- Where it meant of showing strangers
E- Used as a means to show strangers

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A- Where it was a means of showing strangers
B- Having been a means to show strangers
C- Being a means to showing strangers
D- Where it meant of showing strangers
E- Used as a means to show strangers

in option E, "Used" is a modifier, right?
Can you explain why option B is incorrect? as "having been" means something which was in past and isnt anymore.

correct me if i'm wrong.

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how's the usage of "where", correct? shouldn't it be more apt if "where" was replaced by "when"
also what about option - E ?

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Sorry, check again the answer, I have edited it with option E, that should be the correct ans . It is true that as you refer to a period of time is more apropiate to use "when" instead of "where", in E the ans is more direct and avoid the use of pronouns.
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The handshake, long used as a means of conducting business, is believed to date to ancient times, where it was a means of showing strangers that the extended hand held no weapon.


A- Where it was a means of showing strangers
B- Having been a means to show strangers
C- Being a means to showing strangers
D- Where it meant of showing strangers
E- Used as a means to show strangers


is E a modifier ?

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E looks like a modifier for the handshake ,but a modifier cannot be this far especially when we have already used the verb is .
Therefore ,
if E is a modifier then it is incorrectly modifying times because times cannot be used as a means to show strangers
if E is not a modifier then it is missing the subject.

A rectifies the error of the missing subject .

Thus
A
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shiva007 wrote:
The handshake, long used as a means of conducting business, is believed to date to ancient times, where it was a means of showing strangers that the extended hand held no weapon.


A- Where it was a means of showing strangers
B- Having been a means to show strangers
C- Being a means to showing strangers
D- Where it meant of showing strangers
E- Used as a means to show strangers


is E a modifier ?

Imo-

E looks like a modifier for the handshake ,but a modifier cannot be this far especially when we have already used the verb is .
Therefore ,
if E is a modifier then it is incorrectly modifying times because times cannot be used as a means to show strangers
if E is not a modifier then it is missing the subject.

A rectifies the error of the missing subject .

Thus
A


How is “where” used for “ancient times” better than “when” ? In option -A

Can you explain a bit on that?


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shiva007 wrote:
The handshake, long used as a means of conducting business, is believed to date to ancient times, where it was a means of showing strangers that the extended hand held no weapon.


A- Where it was a means of showing strangers
B- Having been a means to show strangers
C- Being a means to showing strangers
D- Where it meant of showing strangers
E- Used as a means to show strangers


is E a modifier ?

Imo-

E looks like a modifier for the handshake ,but a modifier cannot be this far especially when we have already used the verb is .
Therefore ,
if E is a modifier then it is incorrectly modifying times because times cannot be used as a means to show strangers
if E is not a modifier then it is missing the subject.

A rectifies the error of the missing subject .

Thus
A


How is “where” used for “ancient times” better than “when” ? In option -A

Can you explain a bit on that?


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I guess when is used in case of time reference and where is used in case of physical reference , but is it a thumb rule ?
I am no expert , but I would not go ahead and omit an answer choice only because of this rule.
Imo E has a bigger issue than A .

If experts can pitch in, it will be really helpful.
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Can you please help explain this question?
Is 'where' a correct modifier for 'ancient times'?
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shiva007 wrote:
CounterSniper wrote:
shiva007 wrote:
The handshake, long used as a means of conducting business, is believed to date to ancient times, where it was a means of showing strangers that the extended hand held no weapon.


A- Where it was a means of showing strangers
B- Having been a means to show strangers
C- Being a means to showing strangers
D- Where it meant of showing strangers
E- Used as a means to show strangers


is E a modifier ?

Imo-

E looks like a modifier for the handshake ,but a modifier cannot be this far especially when we have already used the verb is .
Therefore ,
if E is a modifier then it is incorrectly modifying times because times cannot be used as a means to show strangers
if E is not a modifier then it is missing the subject.

A rectifies the error of the missing subject .

Thus
A


How is “where” used for “ancient times” better than “when” ? In option -A

Can you explain a bit on that?


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agree i also eliminated A because of "where" only.
need experts guidance.


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Can you please help explain this question?
Is 'where' a correct modifier for 'ancient times'?


I agree where deterred me to choose E. I think it should be when. Ancient times is not a place
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Bunuel sir, can you please clear the confusion on the usage of "where" and "when" for "ancient times" .

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Not an expert but let me keep my views on this one.

Replacing E in the original sentence.
The handshake, long used as a means of conducting business, is believed to date to ancient times,Used as a means to show strangers that the extended hand held no weapon
Here Used as a mean to show stranger illogically modifies ancient times instead of handshake(verb-ed modifier).

Although A is not the perfect choice but it is best of the lot.

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if option c is modified to

Being a means to show strangers. Is it right then ?
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mikemcgarry, sudarshan22, GMATNinja

if option c is modified to

Being a means to show strangers. Is it right then ?


Please tag anyone using "@" before the username.

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New post 31 Oct 2018, 10:04
None of the choices are correct, nor would C be correct with "to show." We've already seen the problem with "where," but most of the replacement choices seem to modify "times" instead of "the handshake." If I were forced to pick an answer from this lot, I'd actually go with B, since it's the easiest to imagine as an adverbial modifier applied to the whole preceding clause, but I don't think this would fly on the GMAT.
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