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Based on the accounts of various ancient writers, scholars [#permalink]
07 Nov 2005, 13:40
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Based on the 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 BC, worshipped a goddess known in Latin as Bona Dea, "the good goddess."
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
The underlined sentence in A, which is a introductory phrase, is modifying the noun "scholars". The meaning would be: "scholars were based on accountants....". This is wrong. B, C and D are clearly wrong. Only E is correct. By using the introductory phrase "Using....", we modify the action expressed in the independent/main clause. It gives us more information about how it was done.