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# Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have

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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have painted a sketchy picture of the activities of an all-female cult that, perhaps as early as the sixth century B.C, worshipped a goddess known in latin as Bona Dea, "the good goddess."

A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers
B) Basing it on various ancient writers' accounts
C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis
D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used
E) Using accounts of various ancient writers
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07 May 2004, 13:41
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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have painted a sketchy picture of the activities of an all-female cult that, perhaps as early as the sixth century B.C, worshipped a goddess known in latin as Bona Dea, "the good goddess."

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A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers

scholars are not based on accounts, the picture is

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B) Basing it on various ancient writers' accounts

"it" has no logical referent... better yet, "it" does not clearly refer to picture..

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C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis

used for a basis , is incorrect... used as a basis is better.

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D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used

this seems wrong..but cant really explain it...but if you compare it to E, D is verbose

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E) Using accounts of various ancient writers

E should be the correct answer. No ambiguity. the clause starting with "using" correctly modifies scholars

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07 May 2004, 16:56
Yes E is the answer. Praetorian stole my words on chosing between A) and E). This question is from OG but the explanation is not as good as Prae's explanation.
07 May 2004, 16:56
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