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498. Many of them chiseled from solid rock centuries ago, the mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with hundreds of monasteries.
(A) Many of them chiseled from solid rock centuries ago, the mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with hundreds of monasteries.
(B) Chiseled from solid rock centuries ago, the mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with many hundreds of monasteries.
(C) Hundreds of monasteries, many of them chiseled from solid rock centuries ago, are dotting the mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia.
(D) The mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with hundreds of monasteries, many of which are chiseled from solid rock centuries ago.
(E) The mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with hundreds of monasteries, many of them chiseled from solid rock centuries ago.
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(A) Many of them chiseled from solid rock centuries ago, the mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with hundreds of monasteries.
"Many...ago" seems to be modifying "the mountainous regions" instead of monasteries - wrong

(B) Chiseled from solid rock centuries ago, the mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with many hundreds of monasteries.
"Many hundreds" - redundant

(C) Hundreds of monasteries, many of them chiseled from solid rock centuries ago, are dotting the mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia.
"Monasteries are dotting the mountains" - active voice shows an action performed by monasteries.

(D) The mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with hundreds of monasteries, many of which are chiseled from solid rock centuries ago.
"Many of which are chiseled" - present -> incorrect tense

(E) The mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia are dotted with hundreds of monasteries, many of them chiseled from solid rock centuries ago.
I would have preferred B has it not had a redundant "many hundreds".
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A - Wrong: Misplaced modifier: The first phrase is modifying regions.
B - The same.
C - Wrong tense: "are dotting"
D - Wordy: "ARE chiseled"
E - Correct: IMO, "many of them chiseled" is more concise. Notice that it is not using "are".

If you can avoid the verb "to be" (am,is, are, etc.), do it.
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