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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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    Post Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:39 am
    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
    Hi,
    As far I know, there must be at least 3 things if we want to use comma (,) before the final 'and'. But, in this question, there are just 2 things in the list (e.g., Prehistoric Textiles and Women's Work)-"a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean" and " a more general account of early cloth manufacture" are not the things that make list; they are just modifier. So, my question is WHY we've used comma (,) before the final 'and'?
    Thanks...

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    Post Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:30 pm
    @iMyself - It is important to understand the sentence structure and then we can reason the different ambiguity we feel.

    Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, (--------), and Women's Work, (-----), is an authority on .......

    firstly the portion in (-----) is a modifier to Prehistoric textile and women's work respectively. secondly comma before is necessary to separate modifier with both A & B idiom.

    I hope it helps.

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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?

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

    Quote:
    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.

    Quote:
    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 Wed May 10, 2017 9:37 am
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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.

    Post Thu May 11, 2017 1:58 am
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    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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