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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## OG Between 14,000 and 8,000 b.c. ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 2 member replies ## OG Between 14,000 and 8,000 b.c. ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Difficult Between 14,000 and 8,000 b.c. the ice cap that covered northern Asia, Europe, and America began to melt, uncovering vast new areas that were to be occupied by migrating peoples moving northward. A. began to melt, uncovering vast new areas that were to be occupied B. began melting, to uncover vast new areas to be occupied C. began, by melting, to uncover vast new areas for occupation D. began, after melting, uncovering vast new areas which are to be occupied E. would begin to uncover, through melting, vast new areas for occupation A ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 04 Oct 2017 Posted: 551 messages Followed by: 11 members Upvotes: 180 Top Reply Hello! Let's break down each answer for its individual problems. A: Correct answer; no question of what -ing phrase is referring to B: By saying "to uncover," it suggests that the ice cap somehow chose to melt because it wanted to uncover land. I know it sounds nutty to think about it that way, but the way it's worded makes it sound like the ice cap had a choice in the matter. C, D, and E: By putting the words "by melting," "after melting," or "through melting" between two commas, it turns each into a non-essential phrase that could be removed from the sentence. Unfortunately, if we take out the part about the ice cap melting, we now don't know how the ice cap created new lands for people to live in. Did it move? Did it melt? Did it fly away? We don't know. So answer A is correct because the modifier is located next to what it's referring to without changing or confusing the meaning of the sentence. I hope that helps. I'm available if you'd like any follow up. _________________ GMAT Prep From The Economist We offer 70+ point score improvement money back guarantee. Our average student improves 98 points. Free 7-Day Test Prep with Economist GMAT Tutor - Receive free access to the top-rated GMAT prep course including a 1-on-1 strategy session, 2 full-length tests, and 5 ask-a-tutor messages. Get started now. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 05 Jun 2015 Posted: 363 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 3 Bumping for experts review!!! Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 05 Jun 2015 Posted: 363 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 3 NandishSS wrote: Bumping for experts review!!! Can Pls Some expert explain this in details(POE) In D What uncovering is modifying? -ing modifier should nearest action (after melting). • 5 Day FREE Trial Study Smarter, Not Harder Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Practice Test & Review How would you score if you took the GMAT Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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