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Though the artifacts of pre-Columbian civization created a stir from t

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Though the artifacts of pre-columbian civilization created a stir from the very first European contacts with the new world in the sixteenth century,it was not until the later half of the nineteenth century that western designers,artists and crafters were inspired to imitate them.

(A)it was not until the later half of the nineteenth century that western designers,artists, and crafters were inspired to imitate them.
Though there is a pronoun ambiguity but it can still be resolved.

Any reason why you consider them to be ambiguous?


I was thinking about "artifacts" and "European contacts" and logically western designers cannot imitate the artifacts. That was my reasoning.
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I was thinking about "artifacts" and "European contacts" and logically western designers cannot imitate the artifacts. That was my reasoning.

Actually western designers (or artists and crafters) cannot be an antecedent of them. The reason being that them cannot refer to a noun in the same clause. Let's look at an example. Suppose after winning a match, the players were proud of their performance. Then, we would not say:

After winning the match, players were proud of them.

What is more appropriate is:

After winning the match, players were proud of themselves.
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Please add OA to the question, thanks! :)
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Hi !

I don't understand why the answer choice B is false... :?

I have red in your posts that there is no antecedent for "it" in the sentence B.

But what is the difference with the sentence A : "it was not until the latter..." ??

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Hi Alex75PAris,

I don't believe the issue is with the usage of "it". The issue is with the meaning. Option B seems to illogically state that the artifacts did not inspire the imitations of western designers. Which is absurd.

b)they did not inspire imitations of western designers, artists, and crafters until it was the latter half of the nineteenth century
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In the official explanation of this question. Option B is rejected because " IT" in the line " It was not untill later half of nineteen century..." does not have a referent.
Whereas in Option A the same "It" is taken as place holder so can anyone explain when to take "It" as a placeholder and when "It" needs a referent ?
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In the official explanation of this question. Option B is rejected because " IT" in the line " It was not untill later half of nineteen century..." does not have a referent.
Whereas in Option A the same "It" is taken as place holder so can anyone explain when to take "It" as a placeholder and when "It" needs a referent ?


In option B, there is no " It was not untill later half of nineteen century..." as you mentioned. You seem to have confused something.

Nonetheless please refer to this explanation why B is wrong:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/though-the-a ... l#p1194988
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