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At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2007, 21:14
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At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by vishalsuri on 12 Jun 2007, 06:06, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2007, 21:50
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153. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards

I marked A and got it wrong.



I think It is E.

A. - logically incorrect.
B. ownership of the pre-columbians - wrong
C. respected by the spaniards is describing land. - incorrect
D. Sounds as if the pre columbian form of ownership was respected by the spaniards which is wrong.
E. Correct
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2007, 06:06
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Whats the correct ans?


OA is A.
i dont know what's wrong with B !
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It should be A.
The questions says the :
a praposal for the return of communal ownership to a land which was under some other ownership that was respected by spaniards.


land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
Out : [color=red]A land cannot be a form of wonership [/color].
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership : [color=red]land respected by spaniards[/color] whch is not correct.it is the ownership which is respected by spaniards.
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
[color=red]land in which[/color] is wrong. should be land on which .
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
out: [color=red]land that had been [/color]. a land cannot be ownership.

Left with A which says a land to what had been a precolumbian form of ownership . which is correct
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2007, 06:34
I would choose between A & E.

proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been <-- this throws me off in A

but if the intention of the statement is to say that this faction wants a return to what had been a pre-columbian form of ownership, then E will change the meaning, right?

anyone has a good explanation for why it should be, without any doubt, A?
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2007, 18:42
The original sentence clearly brings out the comparison.
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153. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards

I marked B and got it wrong.


I felt this question was incredibly hard. It took me 10 minutes to figure this one out (and another 10 minutes to type this out) :lol: . I was not satisfied with the reasoning from previous posts in regard to this question. Here is my reasoning:

153. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
correct. past perfect tense correctly used. had been....respected. The ownership occured before the Spaniards respected it.

(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
incorrectly uses precolumbian as a noun. In the stem it was used as an adjective to modify ownership.

(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
This distorts the meaning of the sentence in that the pre-columbian form of ownership still exists. Zapata and his followers wanted to RETURN to what had been this form of ownership.

(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
in which incorrectly restricts land rather than the ownership of land.
Example: I have ownership of land that stretches as far as the eye can see.


(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
same error as D.
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2009, 07:49
I'm sorry but I don't catch the meaning of this sentence...

they proposed a return to X, to what have been Y...

That is pretty awkward for me :(

Could someone rephrase it so that I could understand what the autor meant?
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2009, 14:27
THat comma (,) before the to killing me? I don't get it.
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2009, 11:31
I'm still confused with this .... can someone explain why D is wrong ?
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2009, 11:53
What source did this question come from?
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 17:29
Can someone explain more clearly why the answer is A not E?
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2010, 06:36
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It took me a very long time to understand the sentence...

I will try explaining the reason between A and E.

If we break the sentence in parts....

At the time of the ........, the most radical faction,...., proposed a return to communal ownership of....., to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by Spaniards

In E, the sentence reads

At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction,...., proposed a return to communal ownership of land, that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards. ==> In this sentence the word "that" seems to be modifying "land" which is not the intent of the sentence.

The sentence says....

The proposal is to return to communal ownership to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership

153. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.

(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards - awkward
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership - awkward
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2010, 00:51
The question is either extremely hard or extremely dodgy.
I selected D, which could be wrong. I still have problem accepting A.
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 22:36
Why is E wrong????

To my understanding, what "that" refers to depends on the verb follows it.

e.g. a group of birds that have ... "that" refers to birds
a group of birds that has ... "that refers to group.

Any thoughts?
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 01:19
bmwhype,

great explanation, thanks!
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2010, 10:47
communal ownership of land is the subject for the modifier after the comma..and this should rule out C,D,E as they assume the modifier to be land. Between A and B, B would have been better had the 'and' not been there. The clause should have read like this 'a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians respected by the Spaniards'. As respected by cannot come after a ', or and'.

In a simple way, Pre-columbian form of ownership was respected by Spaniards. An 'and' there would make the phrase ' respected by spaniards' refer to communal ownership of land.
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 06:30
ohh! this question is killing... I wish such awkward question doesn't pop up in the real exam.
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 08:25
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153. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards



hey buddies I went for A
I'm not sure whether I'm right or not
you may correct me...
I would say it's some kind of parallelism, so after coma TO is necessary!
to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
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Re: SC - Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 07:06
Narrowed it down to A & E. I would go with A.
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