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shipra Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
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#### olympic games...

Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:18 pm
94. The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month.
(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival's month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival

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Domnu wrote:
I agree that the answer should be D...

A is passive. B, C are out since the Olympic Games themselves don't set up a truce. E is out since it is wordy and awkward.
If A is passive so is D.That cant be the reason why A is out.

Ian thanks for the explanation.

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I agree that the answer should be D...

A is passive. B, C are out since the Olympic Games themselves don't set up a truce. E is out since it is wordy and awkward.

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shipra wrote:
94. The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month.
(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival's month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival
C, it is the most active voice

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I think it is A.
The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month.
(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month (CORRECT)
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival's month (INCORRECT,suggests that Olympic games proclaimed the truce)
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month(INCORRECT,'they' is ambigous)
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival (INCORRECT,suggests that truce was proclaimed in month called 'festival')
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival(INCORRECT,suggests that Olympic games proclaimed the truce)

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I am going with E. What is the official answer?

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i think C...what is OA?

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Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:21 pm
If I am not mistaken this is a OG question and the answer is D

(A) in that is used to show a reason

(B) the olympic games themselves are proclaiming truce??

(C) When ( I don't see a time) More over they is ambiguous Is it the states or the games

(E) E is passive voice and also sounds as if the games themselves have proclaimed truce.

I chose A for the awkward formation of D when I did this Q first time. I feel that this is either a very tough Q or badly formed Question

Ian/Stuart??

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Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:14 pm
Well, B, C and E are all out, because in each case, the sentence appears to say that the Games proclaimed the truce, which is clearly an impossibility. Grammatically, A and D are both fine, and both adequately convey the intended meaning of the sentence, so it's down to style and idiom. 'For' is more economical than 'in that', and stylistically is preferable. But the clincher for me is the phrase 'festival's month' in A. I find it preferable to write 'month of the festival' -- just as we wouldn't say 'during June's month'; we would say 'during the month of June'.

Still, it's these SC questions that test fine points of style and idiom (some of which are debatable, certainly, and there are exceptions to the usage I describe above, where we do use a possessive with 'month') that are often the most difficult. In this question, it's important to see why B, C and E are wrong- that's tested in many SC questions- but I wouldn't be as concerned about the distinction between A and D, which is based on points of style you may never encounter again.

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Could someone explain the meaning of the following sentence?

(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival

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I got it

D because for preposition here means because

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Domnu wrote:
I agree that the answer should be D...

A is passive. B, C are out since the Olympic Games themselves don't set up a truce. E is out since it is wordy and awkward.
Don't u think that D is also passive?

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Ian Stewart wrote:
Well, B, C and E are all out, because in each case, the sentence appears to say that the Games proclaimed the truce, which is clearly an impossibility. Grammatically, A and D are both fine, and both adequately convey the intended meaning of the sentence, so it's down to style and idiom. 'For' is more economical than 'in that', and stylistically is preferable. But the clincher for me is the phrase 'festival's month' in A. I find it preferable to write 'month of the festival' -- just as we wouldn't say 'during June's month'; we would say 'during the month of June'.

Still, it's these SC questions that test fine points of style and idiom (some of which are debatable, certainly, and there are exceptions to the usage I describe above, where we do use a possessive with 'month') that are often the most difficult. In this question, it's important to see why B, C and E are wrong- that's tested in many SC questions- but I wouldn't be as concerned about the distinction between A and D, which is based on points of style you may never encounter again.
Hi Ian,

Is it that NON LIVING entities cannot take possessive...or is it just a word order that ur considering

i mean we can very well say
the car's tinted glass is black -- car, non living
the dog's tail is black --- dog , living

Here,

Although no proof yet exists of electromagnetic fields generated by household appliances posing any health threat, mounting scientific evidence has convinced many experts that there is cause for concern.
(A) of electromagnetic fields generated by household appliances posing any health threat
(B) of electromagnetic fields generated by household appliances that pose any threat to health
(C) that electromagnetic fields generated by household appliances pose any threat to health
(D) that poses any threat to health from electromagnetic fields generated by household appliances
(E) for any health threat posed by electromagnetic fields generated by household appliances

OA is C

Choosing A would mean that " FIELDS' POSING " which is wrong usage

I AM CONFUSED WITH THESE POSSESSIVE setups!!

Q3

Q 118 OG 12

Here, HUMAN BEINGS' is used !

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Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:11 am
shipra wrote:
94. The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festivalï¿½s month.
(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festivalï¿½s month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festivalï¿½s month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival
These are two independent clauses and they should be joined by special conjunctions (FANBOYS).

"in that" can be grammatically correct but use of "for" is best.

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Received a PM asking me to respond of the possessive / non-living question.

It isn't the case that non-living things can never be in possessive form. The issue is whether the particular combination of words makes sense / can be true.

"The car's leather seats are black" is fine because the car does "possess" the leather seats. The leather seats "belong" to the car.

"The car's proclamation that speeding is dangerous..." is not okay because the car cannot make a proclamation. "The car owner's proclamation that speeding is dangerous" is okay because a car owner can make a proclamation.

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