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31 Dec 2010, 10:33
between A & B . went with B..
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01 Jan 2011, 02:05
(A)

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house
(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses
(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house
(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses
(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries
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06 Apr 2011, 21:14
I may be totally wrong thinking this...but I chose C...

a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house

One style varying from woman to woman and house to house?
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11 Jul 2011, 20:56
I think that A is the correct answer.
C is awkward, wordy. "They" refers to geometrical symmetries so "they" could be eliminated to have a more concise sentence.
In option A, "their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house" is an absolute phrase.

Definition:
A group of words that modifies an independent clause as a whole.

An absolute is made up of a noun and its modifiers. It may precede, follow, or interrupt the main clause:
Example:
Their slender bodies sleek and black against the orange sky, the storks circled high above us.
The storks circled high above us, their slender bodies sleek and black against the orange sky.
The storks, their slender bodies sleek and black against the orange sky, circled high above us.
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11 Jul 2011, 21:05
Its a 3-2 split: three choices begin with whose and two with with. Whose is correct in this case as it refers to the Ndebele women.Eliminate D&E. Varying among women and houses in B is awkward. Choice Between A & C. In C ...they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house: The use of they is ambiguous. A is concise and the best answer.
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28 Oct 2012, 07:09
First I thought the correct answer is C... but later on found that the correct answer is A.....
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28 Oct 2012, 14:59
I love it how everybody says that 'A is the only one that make sense" now that they know A is the OA.
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18 Nov 2015, 15:33
Hi egmat mikemcgarry

Can you please tell why the usage of with is wrong in D and E.
With has the flexibility to modify either the entire previous clause or just the prev noun.
So here it can refer to Nbedele women.
Right??

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14 Apr 2016, 22:45
I don't feel any explanation above is correct. A is not correct because of the reasons discussed above. This is a tough problem of Noun+Noun modifiers.
Here we go:

A) Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele
women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new
iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

Here "whose" is modifying "women" and 'their" is modifying "murals"

"Their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography": It is a Phrase or Noun+Noun modifier modifying murals. "Embellished" is not a verb.
It is a "verb+ed" modifier. "Geometrical symmetries" cannot perform the action of embellishment, making this sentence a phrase.

"In a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house": Again a phrase modifying murals.

So, both phrases are parallel to each other modifying "murals".

By practising Noun+Noun modifiers again and again. I come to the conclusion that they make the point of the clause they are modifying more believable.

Ex1: Here, murals are brilliantly colored. How can you say that they are brilliantly colored?
A: Their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house

Ex2: John, his arms flailing in the wind, called out desperately for help. How can his action be proved?
A: "His arms flailing in the wind" is a modifier modifying John . So, the modifier is proving John's action of calling for help.

You can look at them the way you want.

2) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses

3) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

Both modifiers in sentence 2 and 3 are clauses, and 1st is separated without "FANBOYS". If "as" is present before "their" then these sentences can be grammatically correct. However, it will change the intended meaning
Also, in 3rd sentence "they are in styles" is wordy and awkward.

4) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their
style varies among women and houses

5)with murals that are brilliantly colored,their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography,
and their styles vary among women and houses

In both of the sentences, the first modifier is a phrase and the second is a clause.

Hope it helps.
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