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The hypothesis has been advanced that the ancestors of such plants and animals as the giant sequoia, the alligator, and the horse appeared on the fringes of the Arctic Ocean millions of years before lower latitudes.

(A) before lower latitudes

(B) before at lower latitudes

(C) before they did it at lower latitudes

(D) before they appeared at lower latitudes

(E) preceding their appearance at lower latitudes

Source : GMAT Paper Test (Test Code 42)

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New post 29 Nov 2017, 08:03
(A) before lower latitudes - Incorrect. Comparison error.

(B) before at lower latitudes - Incorrect. Repeats the same error in A.

(C) before they did it at lower latitudes - Incorrect. 'it' does not have an antecedent.

(D) before they appeared at lower latitudes - Correct.

(E) preceding their appearance at lower latitudes - Incorrect. Meaning error.

Answer: D
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The hypothesis has been advanced that the ancestors of such plants and animals as the giant sequoia, the alligator, and the horse appeared on the fringes of the Arctic Ocean millions of years before lower latitudes.

(A) before lower latitudes

(B) before at lower latitudes

(C) before they did it at lower latitudes

(D) before they appeared at lower latitudes

(E) preceding their appearance at lower latitudes

Source : GMAT Paper Test (Test Code 42)

+1 for D.

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How to eliminate B in this question , as it looks concise and parallel to prepositional phrase “on the fringes.....”
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B vs D

'Before' acts both as subordinate conjunction and preposition. As a preposition, it is followed by a noun. As a conjunction, it is followed by a clause.
In D, 'before' is correctly followed by a clause. However, in B, 'before' is followed by 'at lower latitudes', which is not a noun. The extra preposition 'at' renders the sentence ungrammatical
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