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Unlike other Mayan cities, Cancun's commercial power

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Unlike other Mayan cities, Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

A. Cancun's commercial power throughout lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

B. Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

C. the commercial power of Cancun throughout the lowlands seemed to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

D. Cancun seemed to be using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which was a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, in becoming commercial power throughout the lowlands

E. Cancun seems to have used its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, to become a commercial power throughout the lowlands
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24 Apr 2008, 16:25
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Unlike other Mayan cities, Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

A. Cancun's commercial power throughout lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

B. Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

C. the commercial power of Cancun throughout the lowlands seemed to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

D. Cancun seemed to be using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which was a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, in becoming commercial power throughout the lowlands

E. Cancun seems to have used its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, to become a commercial power throughout the lowlands

This one is between D and E. These are the only options that correctly compare "Cancun" with "cities".

In D, "which" is incorrectly placed as it modifies "highlands", and it sounds unidiomatic. Consider these two sentences:

I used my psychic power in overcoming GMAT.
I used my psychic power to overcome GMAT.

The latter is idiomatic. Out of these two, I picked E.
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24 Apr 2008, 16:39
This one is between D and E. But I feel the answer to the following is D.

The usage of the perfect tense (have) has no significance here , and can be eliminated.So I eliminated E.
Moreover, 'seem to be' is idiomatic .

I feel the usage of 'which' clearly modifies the highlands..

Some one pls..clarify..
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24 Apr 2008, 17:20
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quiet888 wrote:
Unlike other Mayan cities, Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

A. Cancun's commercial power throughout lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

B. Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

C. the commercial power of Cancun throughout the lowlands seemed to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

D. Cancun seemed to be using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which was a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, in becoming commercial power throughout the lowlands

E. Cancun seems to have used its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, to become a commercial power throughout the lowlands

This one is between D and E. These are the only options that correctly compare "Cancun" with "cities".

In D, "which" is incorrectly placed as it modifies "highlands", and it sounds unidiomatic. Consider these two sentences:

I used my psychic power in overcoming GMAT.
I used my psychic power to overcome GMAT.

The latter is idiomatic. Out of these two, I picked E.

Between D and E , I eliminated D because "seemed to be using" + which was didn't seem quite right . here , author is suggesting higlands was a source ? I think if it said which is a source , it would have made more sense?
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24 Apr 2008, 18:30
rpmodi wrote:
author is suggesting higlands was a source

I agree, E

rpmodi wrote:
which was didn't seem quite right

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24 Apr 2008, 21:17
sondenso wrote:
rpmodi wrote:
author is suggesting higlands was a source

I agree, E

rpmodi wrote:
which was didn't seem quite right

Sorry for confusion, I meant usage of was didn't seem right .Usage of which is fine since it is directly referring to hilands.
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Unlike X, Y. So, A, B, and C are out because of wrong comparison.
Between D and E. E is correct because of reasons mentioned below :-

Point #1: In D, the major problem is with the use of “seemed to be using” – this implies that “fact X about Cancun seemed to be the case sometime in the past.” However, the objective of the sentence is to stand in the present and look back at the past. i.e. look back today and make an observation about how Cancun was in the past. The present perfect tense “seems to have used” does this best.
Point #2: does ‘which’ in D modify “foot of the highlands” or “the highlands”? We have official questions that have approved of both. So this is an ambiguous issue. Option E is therefore preferred because it simply gets rid of this ambiguity.
Point #3: there is a statement of purpose or intent here. Cancun did “X in order to become Y.” So, the infinitive form “to become” in E is better than the -ing form in D.
Point #4: Just read out options D and E – E is better in terms of concision.
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Unlike other Mayan cities, Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

A. Cancun's commercial power throughout lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities - comparison issue - city vs power

B. Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities- comparison issue - city vs power

C. the commercial power of Cancun throughout the lowlands seemed to have come from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities. - comparison issue - city vs power

D. Cancun seemed to be using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which was a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, in becoming commercial power throughout the lowlands - usage of which ; 'seemed to be using': unacceptable change of meaning. the past-tense 'seemed' says that that's the way it seemed to the mayans living in cancun long ago, whereas the sentence is clearly designed to say that's the way it seems to us now ; idiom issue - in becoming

E. Cancun seems to have used its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities, to become a commercial power throughout the lowlands - Correct

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Unlike other Mayan cities, Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities.

In the original sentence the Mayan cities are compared to “Cancun’s commercial power” which is an incorrect comparison. Mayan cities can be compared to Cancun. Hence A, B and C go out.
(A) Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to be from using its strategic position at the foot of
the highlands, which were a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

(B) Cancun's commercial power throughout the lowlands seems to have come from using its strategic position at
the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

(C) the commercial power of Cancun throughout the lowlands seemed to have come from using its strategic
position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities

(D) Cancun seemed to be using its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, which was a source of jade,
obsidian, and other valuable commodities, in becoming a commercial power throughout the lowlands.

Idiom: (Using X in becoming Y), this is idiomatically incorrect.
USE has 2 idiomatically correct forms:
1. USES X to Y.(Used in option E).
2. USES X as Y.

Which modifies “foot of highlands” or “highlands” this is ambiguous.

The sentence makes it feel like it was the thing of past, while in the original sentence the author intends to talk about it in the present.

(E) Cancun seems to have used its strategic position at the foot of the highlands, a source of jade, obsidian, and
other valuable commodities, to become a commercial power throughout the lowlands.

Right Idiom: (USED X to become Y)
Right Tense Mood.
Ambiguity about which is resolved here. Where “a source of jade, obsidian, and other valuable commodities,” a noun phrase modifies the noun “foot of the highlands”
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