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The handshake, long used as a means of conducting business, is believe

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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, 01:22.
Last edited by shiva007 on 26 Sep 2018, 02:31, edited 2 times in total.
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New post 26 Sep 2018, 01:28
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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New post 26 Sep 2018, 02:11
shiva007 wrote:

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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New post 26 Sep 2018, 03:43
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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:
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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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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New post 27 Sep 2018, 04:58
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.


thanks in advance.
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shreyasawhney wrote:
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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