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# At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most

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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
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26 Jul 2006, 06:09
seems also to me B is the clearest and break the sentence without being wordy....
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26 Jul 2006, 07:30
I think B is IT...

D IMO seems to refer to a specific land which had pre-columbian ownership before... this isn't what the intial sentence is saying... I don't know the history but I think they only want to use the type of ownership in Mexico (thats the message of the sentence)... this is what B is saying

all other choices seem to have the message close to D...
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26 Jul 2006, 07:38
B.

D is changing the meaning of the sentence; the sentence now reads as if the communal ownership of land and the pre-columbian form of ownership are different things. It is not grammatically incorrect though, I think...
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26 Jul 2006, 15:36
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
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 am going for A. B doesnt seem parallel.
Rest all of them are incorrect. Ambigous and distort the meaning.
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26 Jul 2006, 16:17

for me B is weird because of the 'a form ~ and respected' shape

for me E can be answer because 'that clause' links the sentence well and
the tense 'had been(past perfect)' looks proper due to 'proposed(past)'
in main clause

also 'respected by' is used properly

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26 Jul 2006, 18:38
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 think it's A

B - Pre-columbians, who are these guys?

C - is wrong; "spaniards" and "pre-columbian form" are not parallel.

D - sounds like pre-columbian form of ownership is part of communal form of ownership.

E - no need to use have been.

what's the OA/OE?
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26 Jul 2006, 19:55
B reads a little strange. Awkward sentence.

Nothing wrong with (E) here.

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26 Jul 2006, 21:47
Will go with A.
IMO the intended meaning of the sentence is â€œa new form of ownership is being proposed in place of the pr-Columbian formâ€
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27 Jul 2006, 11:41
[quote="jaynayak"]Will go with A.
IMO the intended meaning of the sentence is â€œa new form of ownership is being proposed in place of the pr-Columbian formâ€
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27 Jul 2006, 23:38
[quote="xsports"][quote="jaynayak"]Will go with A.
IMO the intended meaning of the sentence is â€œa new form of ownership is being proposed in place of the pr-Columbian formâ€
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28 Jul 2006, 01:30
A seems to be the best choice.

B - incorrect - "ownership of the pre-columbians" is incorrect as pre columbian refers to time.

C - incorrect - distorts the meaning by suggesting that the land was respected by the spaniards.

D - incorrect - modifies "land" instead of the "ownership of land"

E - incorrect - same error as in D.
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28 Jul 2006, 02:50
OA is A

I also chose B....
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28 Jul 2006, 09:57
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
OA is A

I also chose B....

Sumit - what is the source of this question? Pretty tough! Though POE can make it easier to eliminate the wrong choices.. but even the correct choice does not make an easy read..
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27 Aug 2006, 04:21
This sc is bouncing past me...I am still not able to infer what A is trying to convey ... any explanations??????????
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27 Aug 2006, 04:46
Wow, that is a tough one! I had E as my choice. The problem with A was, it appears as though Zapata's followers changed from communal ownership to an undefined pre-Columbian form of ownership.
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28 Jan 2007, 13:53
I chose E, but could A be correct because of ||ism?

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30 Jan 2007, 14:23
you need past perfect, i chose E over A, "to what" in A threw me off
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14 Feb 2007, 06:07
Very clearly E.
Pronoun "that", past perfect are all OK.
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16 Feb 2007, 08:41
Well there can be several ways of solving this SC...Here's one way which I felt it could be solved.

My answer is E. here are the reasons for it.

If you see there is a comma after land...That makes a pause in the flow of idea which the person is making. I though that this pause was not needed.

So i was looking for a statement which is correct and had the continuity without pause. so E was the one.

B also looks ok after continued thought. But it still is too wordy or made complicated by words as someone said.

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