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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles

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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles

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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on

B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

E

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C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
Hi Experts ,

Just a quick question.

The uses of ACCOUNT ABOUT and AUTHORITY ABOUT are correct ?

Is this can be a reason to eliminate both the option?

Please help.

Thanks.

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Post Thu May 11, 2017 1:58 am
rsarashi wrote:
Just a quick question.

The uses of ACCOUNT ABOUT and AUTHORITY ABOUT are correct ?

Is this can be a reason to eliminate both the option?

Please help.

Thanks.
Account of is correct and so is authority on (some subject/niche).
Internalize, my friend.
Idioms are best dealt this way.
Further, expert authority is redundant.

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C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
Hi Experts ,

Just a quick question.

The uses of ACCOUNT ABOUT and AUTHORITY ABOUT are correct ?

Is this can be a reason to eliminate both the option?

Please help.

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Post Thu May 11, 2017 1:58 am
rsarashi wrote:
Just a quick question.

The uses of ACCOUNT ABOUT and AUTHORITY ABOUT are correct ?

Is this can be a reason to eliminate both the option?

Please help.

Thanks.
Account of is correct and so is authority on (some subject/niche).
Internalize, my friend.
Idioms are best dealt this way.
Further, expert authority is redundant.

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Post Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:54 pm
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Elizabeth Barber IS an authority on textiles in ancient societies

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My confusion is in RED sentence, which is the correct choice. In this choice, 'ancient societies' indicates the time-frame of past, NOT present. We know that there is NO EXISTENCE of 'ancient societies' right now.
So, my question is: why have we used IS in the RED sentence?
Because the statement is still valid today.

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Elizabeth Barber IS an authority on textiles in ancient societies

prep phrase in ancient authorities modifies textiles

Core is "Elizabeth Barber IS an authority on textiles "
which textiles?
which textiles are we talking about?
those in ancient societies

Therefore the red sentence is not different from the following sentence.
Elizabeth Barber IS an authority on textiles that were in vogue in ancient societies
Which textiles?
which textiles are we talking about?
those that were in vogue in ancient societies

in first sentence, prep phrase modifies textiles (noun) and hence serves as an adjectivial
in second sentence, that clause modifies textiles (noun) and hence serves as an adjectivial

In simple terms, is in your red sentence applies to Elizabeth Barber and has nothing to do with the time frame of ancient societies


in the same way as

Elizabeth Barber IS an authority on textiles that were in vogue in ancient societies

were applies to textiles and has nothing to do with time frame of Elizabeth's authority on stated subject matter.

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Post Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:38 pm
boomgoesthegmat wrote:
Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on

B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

E
In this problem, the correct sentence (E) is:
Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on textiles in ancient societies.
On the above sentence, the green part is the modifier. If we remove modifier from this sentence, then the core is:
Elizabeth Barber IS an authority on textiles in ancient societies.
This sentence is something like the following:
Mr. Robert IS an engineer on textiles in ancient societies.
If I say,
Mr. Robert IS an engineer on textiles in USA.
---> He is the engineer on textiles in USA right now. SO,---->OK
If I say,
Mr. Robert WAS an engineer on textiles in USA.
--->He was the engineer once upon a time in USA, but he is not an engineer right now in USA; he is the engineer in another country, may be! So,---->also OK
If I say,
Mr. Robert WAS an engineer on textiles in ancient societies.
--->He was the engineer once upon a time, but he is not an engineer right now, because there is NO existence of 'ancient societies' right now. So,---->also OK
Hi Expert,
My confusion is in RED sentence, which is the correct choice. In this choice, 'ancient societies' indicates the time-frame of past, NOT present. We know that there is NO EXISTENCE of 'ancient societies' right now. So, my question is: why have we used IS in the RED sentence?

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