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# The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious

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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month.

(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival’s month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival
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31 Mar 2017, 20:06
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07 Apr 2017, 14:37
My 2 cents:
NOTE: Phrases “during the month of the festival” and “for the month of the festival” mean separate things.
“during the month of the festival” – something was done during the month of festival. HERE WE DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT something WILL END!!!

“for the month of the festival” – something was solely done for the duration of festival month. HERE WE DO KNOW WHEN THAT something WILL END!!!

So in options C and E change the meaning of the sentence.
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09 Apr 2017, 09:49
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My 2 cents:
NOTE: Phrases “during the month of the festival” and “for the month of the festival” mean separate things.
“during the month of the festival” – something was done during the month of festival. HERE WE DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT something WILL END!!!

“for the month of the festival” – something was solely done for the duration of festival month. HERE WE DO KNOW WHEN THAT something WILL END!!!

So in options C and E change the meaning of the sentence.

Not necessarily - "I have enough stock for this month.". This sentence does not imply that the stock will end at the end of this month.
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10 Apr 2017, 09:13
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manishtank1988 wrote:
My 2 cents:
NOTE: Phrases “during the month of the festival” and “for the month of the festival” mean separate things.
“during the month of the festival” – something was done during the month of festival. HERE WE DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT something WILL END!!!

“for the month of the festival” – something was solely done for the duration of festival month. HERE WE DO KNOW WHEN THAT something WILL END!!!

So in options C and E change the meaning of the sentence.

Not necessarily - "I have enough stock for this month.". This sentence does not imply that the stock will end at the end of this month.

sayantanc2k
But atleast while comparing the meaning of the sentence - these phrases don't change the meaning at all?
May be i am looking into this too much but i think atleast there is some change in the meaning - the meaning i mentioned above may not be accurate but at least there is some change - am i wrong here?
Please let me know, what you think...
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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month.

(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival’s month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival

Why is B wrong along with that can you explain why E is wrong is that because it is used in passive voice or is there any other reason?
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One very apparent error in option E is sacred truce <that was> for the month of the festival.

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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month.

(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month - "festivals month" is incorrect, "month of the festival" is needed.. "festivals month" implies that festival possesses the month and since its an inanimate object, possessive must not be used
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival’s month - "proclaiming" verbing means that "proclaiming" should fit with the subject of the previous clause "olympic games" but "olympic games proclaiming" something makes no sense + "festivals month" see A
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month - what is the "they" referring to
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival - BEST CHOICE "for a sacred..." is the cause for the effect "the olympic games helped to keep.." + "for" means the same as "because" and is more concise than "in that"
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival - "that was" awkward + sounds like "olympic games" did the "proclamation"
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21 Jun 2017, 11:06
B seems to be trap answer .
In B proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival’s month implies that Olympic games proclaimed the truce which is nonsensical.
Am i correct?
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21 Jun 2017, 13:16
arvind910619 wrote:
B seems to be trap answer .
In B proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival’s month implies that Olympic games proclaimed the truce which is nonsensical.
Am i correct?

Hello arvind910619,

Yes, you are correct in your analysis of Choice B.

Also the phrase festival's month is incorrect because this phrase seems to suggest that the month belonged to the festival. This is again nonsensical. The correct phrase the month of the festival conveys the logical meaning.

Hope this helps.
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21 Jun 2017, 22:36
arvind910619 wrote:
B seems to be trap answer .
In B proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival’s month implies that Olympic games proclaimed the truce which is nonsensical.
Am i correct?

Hi arvind910619, yeah indeed and this is so subtle. Very good catch!

In fact, our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses an example that is based on this very question, to illustrate this subtle meaning issue. Have attached the corresponding section of the book, for your reference.
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