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# Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the

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Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was
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19 Sep 2014, 11:32
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Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was

This is how I approached this question. Please correct me, if i am wrong

The non-underlined part has Until, so we need 'had' in the underlined portion. So (B) and (D) goes off.

In (C), we have had unequivocally declared... had its source.. this is wrong, so eliminated it.

In (E), 'declaration that' is not very apt when compared to 'declared that'. So E goes.

So A is the correct one.

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11 Dec 2014, 00:57
A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
keep

B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in

C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
"had its source in" seems wordy, out

D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was

E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was
need a perfect tense, out
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01 Jan 2015, 01:52
gabriel87 wrote:
Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was

Until Roussesu - indicates that there are events that happened before that time.. so should use of past perfect be optional?
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01 Jan 2015, 09:54
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I approached it this way.

Until Rousseau means that Rousseau declared after something happened or not happened. ie, a past event happened before Rousseau declared his opinion.

A past event happening before another should have "HAD" in it... Option A,C,E has it.

declaration in E is not a right word. Its better to have "declared"

Double HAD in option C is not a right delivery.

A remains. In A, the statment gives a proper delivery of idea that Until Rousseau declared, no intellectual had unequivocally(clearly) declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

no intellectual had unequivocally(clearly) declared is a first action. So it has a HAD in it.
Rousseau declared is a second action. So it is in simple past tense.

Please correct me if I am wrong..
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10 Jan 2015, 11:54
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I approached it this way.

Until Rousseau means that Rousseau declared after something happened or not happened. ie, a past event happened before Rousseau declared his opinion.

A past event happening before another should have "HAD" in it... Option A,C,E has it.

declaration in E is not a right word. Its better to have "declared"

Double HAD in option C is not a right delivery.

A remains. In A, the statment gives a proper delivery of idea that Until Rousseau declared, no intellectual had unequivocally(clearly) declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

no intellectual had unequivocally(clearly) declared is a first action. So it has a HAD in it.
Rousseau declared is a second action. So it is in simple past tense.

Please correct me if I am wrong..

Thank you sheolokesh Now I understand why the past perfect tense is required.
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23 Nov 2016, 08:05
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Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was

Isnt C a more direct way of saying the statement?
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23 Nov 2016, 11:27
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gabriel87 wrote:
Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was

Isnt C a more direct way of saying the statement?

There's nothing wrong with the original sentence...

Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

Original sentence has the following correct usages -

1. Use of Past perfect ( With sentence involving Until )
2. Correct subject Verb agreement ( The source - Was )

Correct answer but be (A) , source in is not good in my opinion...
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26 Nov 2016, 05:13
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gabriel87 wrote:
Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was

Isnt C a more direct way of saying the statement?

No, on the contrary, A is more direct: The source of X is Y.
The following construction would be considered awkward in GMAT: X has its source in Y.
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26 Nov 2016, 10:00
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730score wrote:
gabriel87 wrote:
Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was

Isnt C a more direct way of saying the statement?

No, on the contrary, A is more direct: The source of X is Y.
The following construction would be considered awkward in GMAT: X has its source in Y.

Hi sayantanc2k.
confused with the usage of Had.
Word "Until" is enough to show sequence of events.

Why "D" is incorrect.
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sayantanc2k wrote:
730score wrote:

Isnt C a more direct way of saying the statement?

No, on the contrary, A is more direct: The source of X is Y.
The following construction would be considered awkward in GMAT: X has its source in Y.

Hi sayantanc2k.
confused with the usage of Had.
Word "Until" is enough to show sequence of events.

Why "D" is incorrect.

I get your point. Some authentic prep sources suggest that with "before" past perfect is redundant. However I have generally observed that with "until" past perfect is used. Following is how I would explain this:

1. To depict a past event that started and ended before another past event (from perspective of the later past event, the previous event is simple past)- redundancy when "before" is used.
2. To depict a past event that started before and continued till another past event ( from perspective of the later past event, the previous event is present perfect) - no redundancy when "until" is used.
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For more insight into the question of past perfect usage, one may look into this
before-its-independence-in-1947-britain-ruled-india-as-a-109904.html
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28 Oct 2017, 09:20
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Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was

Until Rousseau requires use of past perfect 'had+verb' ; b,d,e are out

'its' do not have antecedent ; C is out

A is correct
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29 Oct 2017, 05:48
Until Rousseau no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was social conditioning.

Pay attention to last words "social conditioning" we could eliminate B and C since "...source in social conditioning" is wrong.

"Until Rousseau" requires past perfect tense. D and E are out.

Left only A correct.

A)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was --- Correct
B) no intellectual unequivocally declared that human evil was from a source in
C)no intellectual had unequivocally declared that human evil had its source in
D)no intellectual unequivocally declared that the source of human evil was
E)no intellectual had an unequivocal declaration that the source of human evil was
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