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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and docu

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Hi Folks,
*Striking through does help.

Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at Vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

"that" is clearly modifying historical account which is singular. So we can get rid of A & B.

(A) are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are

(B) are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered

(C) is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered : their cannot be used since we are referring to a singular entity.

(D) is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered: Correct usage of singular verb and correct comparison as well.

(E) is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that : Incorrect. idiom error. as X as when comparing two entities.
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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at Vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii


(A) are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are

(B) are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered

(C) is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered

(D) is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered

(E) is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that



Go by the veritas way
Find the subject because it is clearly a SVA question
are refers to the military garrisons
is refers to the historical account

The subject is the noun before preposition
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New post 04 Aug 2019, 23:03
Hi,

I picked the right answer, by eliminating all the other not so great ones. But I've a question, the that in the end seems to refer to "historical account". But shouldnt it refer to documents and letters gathered from Pompei? Hence, shouldnt it be those instead? A hstorical account wasnt gathered from Pompei, artefacts were, correct?

GMATNinja, could you please shed some light?
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Hi,

I picked the right answer, by eliminating all the other not so great ones. But I've a question, the that in the end seems to refer to "historical account". But shouldnt it refer to documents and letters gathered from Pompei? Hence, shouldnt it be those instead? A hstorical account wasnt gathered from Pompei, artefacts were, correct?

GMATNinja, could you please shed some light?

Great question! I think it's fair to say that you can gather an account from a place. (And, more importantly, GMAC is okay with this line of reasoning, and they get to make the rules.)

But say you were tripped up by this logic. Once you'd decided that it must be letters and documents that were gathered from Pompei, you'd have to evaluate (A) and (B) as those are the only answer choices that contain a plural pronoun towards the end of the sentence.

But (A) and (B) both have the following construction:

    "...yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are..."

There's a glaring subject/verb problem here. It should be "a historical account that is." That kills (A) and (B). Uh oh. Now we're forced to double back and accept that the pronoun "that" has to be referring to a singular entity, as all the remaining answer choices contain this construction! "A historical account" is the most logical candidate for the pronoun's antecedent, even if it doesn't feel ideal.

Takeaway: If you make a logical deduction when evaluating an SC question, and that deduction forces you to choose among remaining answer choices that have horrendous grammatical errors, then you know your deduction was wrong. At that point, you'll have to go back and reevaluate your thought process.

I hope that helps!
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New post 20 Aug 2019, 00:13
Agree with you a 100%. Thank you so much. I like how you break down your answers into reasonable logical deductions. Also, let's not forget the tidbits of humour you sneak in! Thank you for your response!


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krishsaisree wrote:
Hi,

I picked the right answer, by eliminating all the other not so great ones. But I've a question, the that in the end seems to refer to "historical account". But shouldnt it refer to documents and letters gathered from Pompei? Hence, shouldnt it be those instead? A hstorical account wasnt gathered from Pompei, artefacts were, correct?

GMATNinja, could you please shed some light?

Great question! I think it's fair to say that you can gather an account from a place. (And, more importantly, GMAC is okay with this line of reasoning, and they get to make the rules.)

But say you were tripped up by this logic. Once you'd decided that it must be letters and documents that were gathered from Pompei, you'd have to evaluate (A) and (B) as those are the only answer choices that contain a plural pronoun towards the end of the sentence.

But (A) and (B) both have the following construction:

    "...yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are..."

There's a glaring subject/verb problem here. It should be "a historical account that is." That kills (A) and (B). Uh oh. Now we're forced to double back and accept that the pronoun "that" has to be referring to a singular entity, as all the remaining answer choices contain this construction! "A historical account" is the most logical candidate for the pronoun's antecedent, even if it doesn't feel ideal.

Takeaway: If you make a logical deduction when evaluating an SC question, and that deduction forces you to choose among remaining answer choices that have horrendous grammatical errors, then you know your deduction was wrong. At that point, you'll have to go back and reevaluate your thought process.

I hope that helps!
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