appears in the middle of the fifteenth century

Himanshu Sindhi

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This question was asked in an exam in India as...

In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is the answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is (4) i.e. No error.

The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century as evident from the accounts of Ahmed al-Ghaffar in Yemen.

As per the official answer key, the error is in "part 2" (I've separated the parts by breaking underline) but I don't know what it is.

This is the complete sentence i found on some site - "The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the accounts of Ahmed al-Ghaffar in Yemen."

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Thanks in advance.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The blue sentence is excellent English.

    The test sentence is rubbish. You can’t say that “evidence … is evident”! And I don’t think there’s a viable way of changing the red section to put things right, since clearly it’s the third section that’s wrong.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It's possible they think fifteenth should be capitalized. (Or even not spelled out!)
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    This question was asked in an exam in India as...

    In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is the answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is (4) i.e. No error.

    The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century as evident from the accounts of Ahmed al-Ghaffar in Yemen.

    As per the official answer key, the error is in "part 2" (I've separated the parts by breaking underline) but I don't know what it is.

    This is the complete sentence i found on some site - "The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the accounts of Ahmed al-Ghaffar in Yemen."

    Here is the link - About Coffee - Coffee Beans Online - Best Beans

    Thanks in advance.
    Well ...

    I think
    (1) that it would have been helpful to break the sentence into parts (1) (2) (3) as in the original question
    (2) I would say that, in the sentence as written in the test, the error lies in the last part: it should read "as is evident", not "as evident".
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Oooh. I think not. The correct text is shown in blue in the OP. And, as I said in #3, the subject of the comment is itself “evidence”, so following that with “evident” would be very poor style.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Ah - good point.
    So however you analyse it, the error lies in "as evident from".

    So presumably not "part 2"?
     
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