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Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians

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Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2007, 10:29
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160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving

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Re: SC1000 #160 Pima Indians [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2007, 10:32
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160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving

Please explain why an answer is wrong.


C. because the introductory phrase "Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas" should be modified by "the dite of the pima indians" not by "the pima indians".

dite is singular so derives is ok.
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Re: SC1000 #160 Pima Indians [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2007, 16:28
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160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving

Please explain why an answer is wrong.


The diets are based on pinto beans rather than the Pima Indians. diet correctly modifies based on pinto beans and corn tortillas.

As such, AB are wrong.


D is wrong because the reverse of the typical North American diet.

E is a run on sentence.

OA is C.
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Re: SC1000 #160 Pima Indians [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2007, 17:04
bmwhype2 wrote:
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160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving

Please explain why an answer is wrong.


The diets are based on pinto beans rather than the Pima Indians. diet correctly modifies based on pinto beans and corn tortillas.

As such, AB are wrong.


D is wrong because the reverse of the typical North American diet.

E is a run on sentence.

OA is C.


There is also a IIlism twist here.

diet of the Pima Indians derives......the reverse of the typical North American diet
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2007, 22:36
Here's my explanation for why the answer is C: (please forgive any redundancy)
"based on" modifies the diet, not the indians, so A & B are goner's
"its protein" tells us that there is only one diet, so D is out
and E does not allow for a subject and a verb, just a subject with dependent clauses.
It has to be C, if nothing else by POE. C is the only option with SV agreement.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2007, 05:54
Modifier 'Based on pinto beans and tortila' can only modify 'diet' not 'Indians'.
So, left with C, D and E.
A, a present simple, is simple and clean and may be the only choice.
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