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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 07:30
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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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Re: Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 08:14
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 - 'scholars' were not based on the accounts of varioius ancient writers. Rather, scholars used the accounts of various writers.
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts - awkward and does not modify 'scholars'
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis - awkward
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used - awkward construction
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers - the modifier is corretly modifying 'scholars' which is placed immediately after the comma.
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Re: Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 08:22
I will go with E,

"using the accounts of various ancient writers" modifying scholors
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Re: Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 08:01
The scholars used accounts of various...They were not based on, basing it on, etc
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Re: Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2013, 00:43
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 (Scholars can't be based on various ancient writers , it is the action "have painted" which is based on accounts)
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts ( Basing IT on .............. here IT(pronoun) refers to the action "have painted" which is wrong to the core as pronoun can ONLY REFER to NOUN or another PRONOUN)
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis
Scholars DID something with accounts of various ancient writers --- It changes the meaning and it is wordy too.
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used
Scholars didn't use the accounts of various ancient writers, they based their action on accounts of ancient writers.
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers
Perfect as -ING modifier makes sense with the scholars as

Scholars DID something USING blah blah blah......

Uses of -ING.

(1). To modify a NOUN/PRONOUN
(2). To Modify VERB and VERB's subject
(3). Result of the main clause where main clause is considered as NOUN PHRASE


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Re: Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have   [#permalink] 26 Aug 2013, 00:43
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