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The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other.

(A) The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as
(B) Thule artifacts being remarkably similar throughout a vast region, one explanation is
(C) That Thule artifacts are remarkably similar throughout a vast region is, in part, explainable as
(D) One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region is that there was
(E) Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkably similar, with one explanation for this being
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I think it should be D.
A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can,in part,be explained as
B. Thule artifacts being remarkable similar throughout a vast region (no verb), one explanation is
C. That Thule artifacts are remarkable similar throughout a vast region, in part, explainable as
D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts through a vast region is that there was-- PERFECT
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkable similar, with one explanation for this being

B,C,E are out because it should have been remarkably
A is out because there should be some word like "can" before be explained as.. otherwise it is awkward in construction

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A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as --- ‘explained as’ is wrong in the context it should be ‘explained by’

B. Thule artifacts being remarkable similar throughout a vast region (no verb), one explanation is—‘being remarkable’ used as modifier is not acceptable

C. That Thule artifacts are remarkable similar throughout a vast region, in part, explainable as – a fragment

D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts through a vast region is that there was – the best choice
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkable similar, with one explanation for this being –
Remarkable similar – two adjectives in sequence is weird, it should be ‘remarkably similar’

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Usage of "being" in E might be an issue. I have read that "being" is not a preferred usage.

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Could someone please explain why E is wrong?

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Logical predication; Grammatical construction; Rhetorical construction
The intended meaning of the sentence is that the rapid movement of people across North America is one explanation of the similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region. As worded, however, the sentence is illogical: The sentence indicates that the similarity in artifacts was a rapid movement of people, which makes no sense. Instead of equating similarity with movement, the sentence needs to identify this movement of people as a cause of similarity among artifacts.

A As worded, this version of the sentence makes the illogical statement that the similarity among artifacts is explainable as a very rapid movement. It should specify that the similarity of artifacts may be a consequence of the rapid population movement.

B This version of the sentence is syntactically awkward, and leaves unclear what the main subject, one explanation is supposed to be an explanation of.

C Like (A), this version of the sentence equates the similarity of artifacts with the movement of people, when a causal connection is what is intended.

D Correct. This version adequately expresses the intended causal connection.

E This version is awkward, introducing the causal connection with the unnecessarily wordy and indirect string of prepositional phrases, with one explanation for this. . . .

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The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can,in part,be explained as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other.

A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as
B. Thule artifacts being remarkably similar throughout a vast region, one explanation is
C. That Thule artifacts are remarkably similar throughout a vast region is, in part, explainable as
D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region is that there was
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkably similar, with one explanation for this being

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OA: D
Can someone please explain what is wrong with E


Sorry: fixed answer choices, should be "remarkably" in B,C,E


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blockman wrote:
The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can,in part,be explained as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other.

A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as
B. Thule artifacts being remarkably similar throughout a vast region, one explanation is
C. That Thule artifacts are remarkably similar throughout a vast region is, in part, explainable as
D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region is that there was
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkably similar, with one explanation for this being

[Reveal] Spoiler:
OA: D
Can someone please explain what is wrong with E


Sorry: fixed answer choices, should be "remarkably" in B,C,E


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The main sentence is

The similarity of artifacts can be explained as rapid movement of people. --- Now ask yourself how similarity of something can be rapid movement of people. Is it logical?
Here meaning is the main issue. I think grammatically sentence is correct.

C also has same meaning problem. That ...... region --- is a subject of is. Now again ask yourself how something is explainable as rapid movement of people.

Rapid movement of people can be the reason for happening something. Not something is "rapid movement of people."

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"As" must have a clause, which contains subject and verb, after it.

"as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other" is a fragment. So A and C cannot be correct choices.



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The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can,in part,be explained as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other.

A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as
B. Thule artifacts being remarkably similar throughout a vast region, one explanation is
C. That Thule artifacts are remarkably similar throughout a vast region is, in part, explainable as
D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region is that there was
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkably similar, with one explanation for this being

[Reveal] Spoiler:
OA: D
Can someone please explain what is wrong with E


Sorry: fixed answer choices, should be "remarkably" in B,C,E


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As a non-native I'm interested whether EXPLAINED BY would have fixed Answer (C)
C. That Thule artifacts are remarkably similar throughout a vast region is, in part, explainable BY
Can some experts please elaborate more on this one. Thanks.
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daagh: Is the usage of "Explained as" incorrect in GMAT? If not, can you please provide few examples to demonstrate the usage of "explained by" and "explained as".

Also, I felt that D changes the meaning of the sentence. In option D, the usage of "One explanation" adds more information to the information stated in the question. In what circumstances does GMAT permit such changes to the meaning.

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1. How can we generalize that ‘explained as’ is always incorrect in GMAT?. Everything is contextual, isn’t it? Here are some genuine examples of ‘explained as’ and ‘explained by’

The Tajmahal is explained as a monument of love and caring of a husband for his wife.

A Himalayan blunder can be explained as a blunder as great or tall as the Himalayas.

GMAT can be explained as a test of endurance and application

Examples for ‘explained by’

The cascading downfalls in the history of stock markets can be only explained by the investors’ bandwagon psychology

The reason behind the FIFA muddle can be explained by the venality some depraved souls.

2. One explanation need not be ‘one more explanation; It can also be ‘only one explanation’ . A meaning change is not a possibility in D, as far as I see.
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A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as --- ‘explained as’ is wrong in the context it should be ‘explained by’

B. Thule artifacts being remarkable similar throughout a vast region (no verb), one explanation is—‘being remarkable’ used as modifier is not acceptable

C. That Thule artifacts are remarkable similar throughout a vast region, in part, explainable as – a fragment

D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts through a vast region is that there was – the best choice
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkable similar, with one explanation for this being –
Remarkable similar – two adjectives in sequence is weird, it should be ‘remarkably similar’


Hi there,
In option C the question has is in it and this doesn't make the sentence a fragment, am I right?

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The original version did not contain the verb 'is' as you can see in quoted passage.The fixed version of course contains the verb.
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Had option A used "Explained By", then would it be correct
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as far as i know, the expression 'there is ' is not recommended in GMAT, please experts comment

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I had a query regarding the meaning of the option choices in the following question

OG 2016 : Question 31 : SC : Thule Artifacts


The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can,in part,be explained as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other.

A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as
B. Thule artifacts being remarkably similar throughout a vast region, one explanation is
C. That Thule artifacts are remarkably similar throughout a vast region is, in part, explainable as
D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region is that there was
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkably similar, with one explanation for this being

Original sentence conveys that similarity of the artifacts can be partly explained. It can't be explained fully.
Option Choice D says that one explanation for the similarity is ... This means that there can be many explanations for the similarity, but one explanation is this one.

Though the option D is grammatically correct, I ruled out the choice because it deviated from the meaning stated in the original sentence.

Is the deviation allowed in the meaning of the original sentence?

Please clarify how the option choice D is the correct answer.

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I had a query regarding the meaning of the option choices in the following question

OG 2016 : Question 31 : SC : Thule Artifacts


The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can,in part,be explained as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other.

A. The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as
B. Thule artifacts being remarkably similar throughout a vast region, one explanation is
C. That Thule artifacts are remarkably similar throughout a vast region is, in part, explainable as
D. One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region is that there was
E. Throughout a vast region Thule artifacts are remarkably similar, with one explanation for this being

Original sentence conveys that similarity of the artifacts can be partly explained. It can't be explained fully.
Option Choice D says that one explanation for the similarity is ... This means that there can be many explanations for the similarity, but one explanation is this one.

Though the option D is grammatically correct, I ruled out the choice because it deviated from the meaning stated in the original sentence.

Is the deviation allowed in the meaning of the original sentence?

Please clarify how the option choice D is the correct answer.

Thanks

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Hi Sahil,

Option D is grammatically and logically correct.

Original sentence: The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can, in part, be explained as a very rapid movement of people --> Remarkable similarity can be explained as a very rapid movement of people? This is illogical.

D) One explanation for the remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region is that there was a very rapid movement of people --> This choice is perfectly fine and logical.

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Can you please provide a definition (like a dictionary one) for "explained as" and for "explained by"?
Are they both phrasal verb?

I still don't get why answer A is wrong. For me "can be explained as" means "we can explain it with the following reason...", "we can say it is due to...."

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Can you please provide a definition (like a dictionary one) for "explained as" and for "explained by"?
Are they both phrasal verb?

I still don't get why answer A is wrong. For me "can be explained as" means "we can explain it with the following reason...", "we can say it is due to...."

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If you go with the meaning of the sentence, we have 'The reason for similar artifacts throughout vast region is movement of people from one place to another'.

Now if you look at original sentence, the meaning implies 'similarity can be explained as something' It is very non-sensible. We are not explaining the similarity but we are explaining the reason behind the similarity. Hence, A is illogical.

The remarkable similarity of Thule artifacts throughout a vast region can,in part,be explained as a very rapid movement of people from one end of North America to the other.

D clearly tells the intended meaning, hence is the correct answer.

Explained as means we are defining something. Here, we are not defining similarity but we are providing the reason behind similarity.

Explained by means we are using something to define it.
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