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OG Between 14,000 and 8,000 b.c.

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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

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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.

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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).

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