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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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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
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

here modifier should modify 'scholars'... if you re write and put modifier after the 'scholars' in between commas also should make sense ..
letme try this way

scholars,Based on accounts of various ancient writers, 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

or try other options ..

scholars,Using accounts of various ancient writers, 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

see which one makes more sense? obviously the second one right? I think in this kind of situation, look for sensible meaning.

Scholars are using some thing to paint a sketch ..

IMO E.
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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 based on accounts how can scholars paint?
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts awkward
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis awkward
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers Correct answer
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Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs, scientists estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

(A) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(B) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(C) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles like
(D) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles, like those of
(E) Based on such growth rates as those of large modern reptiles like

same logic for this question as well..

'like' vs 'such as' .. here 'such as' wins because the sentence is listing examples.

scientists ,On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs , estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

makes more sense.

A, C and E are wrong for using 'based '. scientists didn't base some thing to estimate. they estimate something on the basis of growth rates ..

IMO B.
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10 Jul 2009, 22:36
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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs, scientists estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

(A) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(B) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(C) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles like
(D) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles, like those of
(E) Based on such growth rates as those of large modern reptiles like

same logic for this question as well..

'like' vs 'such as' .. here 'such as' wins because the sentence is listing examples.

scientists ,On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs , estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

makes more sense.

A, C and E are wrong for using 'based '. scientists didn't base some thing to estimate. they estimate something on the basis of growth rates ..

IMO B.

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30 Nov 2010, 14:13
I totally think "Based on" sounds fine, but my opinion doesn't matter.

I will stick do not use "based on" into my "to remember" list.

Does anyone else know of any other similar illegal modifiers like "based on"?
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06 Nov 2013, 22:37
Hi All,

'Based on' is still not clear to me.

Can somone give any example where 'based on' is correct.

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"Based" must be used with things not people or persons.

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The book written by a professor from Toronto about an sixth century B.C all-female cult was based on accounts of various ancient writers.

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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, the book about a sixth century B.C all-female cult was written by a professor from Toronto.

In the modified sentence, "based on ..." is properly modify "the book"
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Please see the following thread for some good discussion on the use of "based on" vs. "using"

http://gmatclub.com/forum/based-on-accounts-of-several-witnesses-the-162173.html
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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
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

Scholars are not based on accounts -> A is out. B and D have ambiguous pronoun. C has incorrect opening modifier. E wins.
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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 modifier doesn't match "scholars"
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts "it" is unclear
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis modifier doesn't match "scholars", wordy
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used "by" is not idiomatic and "they" is unclear
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers
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(A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers - how can scholars be based on accounts? eliminate
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts - the pronoun it isn't clearly defined, eliminate
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis - unusually twisted and long, suspect
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used - usage of they isn't required, suspect
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers - who are using? scholars are using, hence, this is our answer
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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
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

Only E is concise and clear. Other choices changes the meaning. How can scholars be based on accounts? with accounts of writers...scholars? - these are wrongly modified.

Scholars have painted....using the accounts of.... - this is the correct construction.
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