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# The Iroquois were primarily planters, but supplementing

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The Iroquois were primarily planters, but supplementing their cultivation of maize, squash, and beans with fishing and hunting.

(A) but supplementing
(C) and even though they supplemented
(D) although they supplemented
(E) but with supplementing
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03 Aug 2006, 01:34
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Should be D.
To show proper contrast we need "although".

The original sentence is trying to tell that the Iroquois were planters despite the fact that they supplemented their cultivation of......with......

The Iroquois were primarily a planters, although they supplemented their cultivation of maize, squash, and beans with fishing and hunting.
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The Iroquois were primarily a planters, but supplementing their cultivation of maize, squash, and beans with fishing and hunting.
A.
C. and eventhough they supplemented
D. although they supplemented
E. but with supplementing

A. as if they are still supplementing. so wrong
B wrong connecting word. it shuld be but
c and eventhough. two connecting words make it awkward
d .correct
e . but corrects one prob . the -ing is wrong
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03 Aug 2006, 03:17
Yup D...

Although shows the contrast needed here.
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03 Aug 2006, 03:21
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Clear winner D.

Although is required to show contrast.
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06 Aug 2006, 06:07
Clear D.

Although I don't think a should be included in "The Iroquois were primarily a planters"
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08 Apr 2007, 14:26
The Iroquois were primarily planters, but supplementing their cultivation of maize, squash, and beans with fishing and hunting.

(A) but supplementing
(C) and even though they supplemented
(D) although they supplemented
(E) but with supplementing
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08 Apr 2007, 19:13
The Iroquois were primarily planters, but supplementing their cultivation of maize, squash, and beans with fishing and hunting.

(A) but supplementing
(C) and even though they supplemented
(D) although they supplemented--Correct
(E) but with supplementing
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09 Apr 2007, 16:56
D for me too. POE works really well for this question.
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09 Apr 2007, 22:09
Another D,

- the use of the word "although" shows perfectly the contrast
- the verb tense is consistent (simple past)
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10 Apr 2007, 02:31
The writer meant to show a contrast - that the iruquois were planters although they did some hunting and fishing of their own.

D fits in very well.
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10 Apr 2007, 11:51
YES, THE OA is D.

ywilfred wrote:
The writer meant to show a contrast - that the iruquois were planters although they did some hunting and fishing of their own.

D fits in very well.
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16 May 2011, 02:37
D matches with the sense of the sentence.
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Ah, the -ing contrast error as I call it!

The Iroquois were primarily planters, but supple-
menting their cultivation of maize, squash, and
beans with fishing and hunting.

(A) but supplementing
(C) and even though they supplemented
(D) although they supplemented
(E) but with supplementing

A - but supplementing - wrong. folks, the ing modifier canNOT appear with but. The obvious reason, the ing modifier clause builds up on the opening clause. It does NOT indicate a contrast. Check the meaning, the second clause is actually showing a contrats to the first one. Also, note here that ing is not a progressive tense. it is a modifier.

B - and had supplemented - wrong again. two reasons. 1. and cannot show a contrast. it is usually used to link two independent clauses. the intended meaning is a contrast. 2. had supplemented - incorrect tense. it indidcates that this action was before they were planters. incorrect meaning. the actions are simultaneous and the tenses should be consistent. both - simple past.

C - and even though they supplemented - incorrect. this indicates a contrast - meaning-wise correct. but this is not a complete sentence. it is a fragment. [i]]and[i] must connect independent clauses. the second clause does not have a working verb that will make it an independent clause. it is wordy too.

D - although they supplemented - wow! correct! although indicates contrast. they supplemented is correct. also, althouth needs a clause (sub + verb) this clause has both - correct. the tense supplemented (simple past) is correct as well. it is consistent with the non underlined tense.

E - but with supplementing - this is a modifier, not a verb. same error, ing modifier that is introducing a contrast. does not work. incorrect.

Take-aways -
Although needs a clause
Ing modifier cannot indicate a contrast
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22 Sep 2011, 09:38
D.. because "Although" shows contrast
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08 Mar 2012, 10:11
I chose D for my answer:

A. The use of "but" followed by a comma typically indicates two independent clauses - one precedes the coordinating conjunction and the other follows. In the second clause, I wasn't really sure what the verb was. Also, supplementing acts as a verb-ing modifier that typically modifies the preceding clause. Here, it is unclear what it is supposed to modify.

B. The tense is incorrect here. By using the past perfect tense, it seems to suggest that "their cultivation of maize..." occurred before they were primarily planters. This does not make sense.

C. We are looking for a contrast here, so the use of "and" is incorrect. The clause is then followed by "even though" which presents a subordinate clause. This subordinate clause makes the whole sentence a fragment because we are connecting an independent clause with a dependent clause with a coordinating conjunction.

D. "Although" presents a good contrast. The use of the simple past tense is correct.

E. Again, I'm not too sure what the word "supplementing" is supposed to modify.
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17 Sep 2012, 13:29
I got the reason for the correct answer, but the OG-12 explanation says, that "the participle supplementing would normally be expected to modify the first clause, describing or extending its meaning". Is it a general rule about participles?
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21 Aug 2013, 02:35
why A is wrong is not simple.

"but" as preposition means besides. preposition can go with participle: in learning gmat, I feel hard.
however "but" as preposition in A is not logic though grammartical.

"but" as adverb means ONLY, . This meaning is not logic. there is not modification between two verb " are" and "supplementing"

there should be a contrast as in D.

though I choose D immediately, I feel hard to eliminate A.

I want you, experts, explain more why A is wrong.
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21 Aug 2013, 03:04
vietmoi999 wrote:
why A is wrong is not simple.

"but" as preposition means besides. preposition can go with participle: in learning gmat, I feel hard.
however "but" as preposition in A is not logic though grammartical.

"but" as adverb means ONLY, . This meaning is not logic. there is not modification between two verb " are" and "supplementing"

there should be a contrast as in D.

though I choose D immediately, I feel hard to eliminate A.

I want you, experts, explain more why A is wrong.

Hi vietmoi999,

Option A - The Iroquois were primarily planters, but supplementing their cultivation of maize, squash, and beans with fishing and hunting

Supplementing x, y and Z and then ??? This is a run-on sentence. It is not a complete sentence.

Please remember that supplementing (or any ing form)cannot be the main verb in itself

If it were something like -

The Iroquois were primarily planters, but supplementing their cultivation of maize, squash, and beans with fishing and hunting they survived

then it would have been a complete sentence.
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21 Aug 2013, 03:05
In the option (A), the but shows the contrast but, after the but, the clause doesn't have a subject, making it a fragment.
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