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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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I go for E.

Many of them chiseled from solid rock refers to the monasteries, not the mountainous regions.

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I'd also go with E for conciseness. E's absolute phrase (pronoun+participle) is prefered to D's wordier relative clause
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2004, 18:40
(A) is out, it seems to mountainous regions of northern ethiopia, which isn't the intent of the sentence
(B) is guilty of the same thing.
(C) is out, are dotting is in the wrong tense
(E) I don't know how to explain why D is wrong, but I know it is, somehow the 'which' does not make it look as good as (E) which uses 'them' to properly refer to the monasteries

(E) for me.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2004, 18:43
Why "them" (in E) is preferable to "which" (in D)?

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2004, 18:45
I think the use of a pronoun coming right after monasteries makes it clear that the monasteries are chiselled from the rocks.
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"monastaries are dotting" is unidiomatic
It shoud be "regions are DOTTED WITH monastaries"
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ywilfred wrote:
I think the use of a pronoun coming right after monasteries makes it clear that the monasteries are chiselled from the rocks.

hmm...

it would be far better if it read many of whom, that way we know its a relative pronoun...
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It might be rather dumb of me to ask this question,

Option A, removes the dangling modifier error, but yea it's meaning is different while still remaining gramatically correct. Why isn't it right to assume that it is indeed the mountains that have been chiseled from solid rock??? Any thoughts????
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Re: SC: Ethiopia [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2007, 22:31
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afife76 wrote:
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


This is simple but it is testing very delicate issue -at least for me-, so please explain your answer.

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I am down to D and E.

Which Vs. Them
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I chose D... because "them" could mean either the mountain regions or the monastries

But which doesnt sound too good. But I remember reading in this same forum that "which" will always refer to the noun just before it.

Can someone explain why this thought process is wrong?
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(D) is out: "are chiseled... centuries ago" => wrong verb tense.

=> (E).
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Re: SC: Ethiopia [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2007, 23:52
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afife76 wrote:
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



The sentence has modifying error...Zeroed down to C & E..........any day i wud prefer present over continuous tense! So E for me.....
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Re: SC: Ethiopia [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2007, 20:26
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afife76 wrote:
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


This is simple but it is testing very delicate issue -at least for me-, so please explain your answer.

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I would go with D. because of "Which" makes it clear that it refers to the monasteries
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2007, 20:30
solidcolor wrote:
(D) is out: "are chiseled... centuries ago" => wrong verb tense.

=> (E).


After reading everyones thoughts....def. I can see why i am wrong. its E!!!
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