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50. 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


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WHAT IS WRONG WITH OPTION (b).
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Re: At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2012, 09:14
A – Keep. Explains clearly with past perfect tense what happenend earlier.
B – changes meaning. Ownership of pre – cloumbians is wrong. Eliminate
C – Lack of parallelism. Eliminate
D – modifies land and not necessarily “communal ownership of land” . Eliminate
E – same as D. Eliminate
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Re: At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2014, 20:27
Can anyone explain what is the meaning of to what?

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Re: At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2014, 17:20
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Can anyone explain what is the meaning of to what?

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Return the ownership of the land to what it was previously.

(If you take out all the extra clauses and associated commas)
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Re: At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 01:19
What is wrong in option B? (can somebody explain how option B changes the meaning?)
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Re: At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 07:21
It is a pre-Columbian form of ownership, not a pre-Columbian ownership. Also, I think the respect portion of the sentence is odd. Would be more correct of it was "and ONE respected by the Spaniards."

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