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503. 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.
(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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28 Jul 2009, 04:55
by POE eliminate D and E...will go for option C
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28 Jul 2009, 05:06
C it is. This is the only option maintaining parallelism.

(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 -Not parallel structure. Clause, clause and prepositional phrase
(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 -Correct
(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses -not parallel structure. Phrase, clause and clause
(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries -same error as in D

btw, E seems to be incomplete
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28 Jul 2009, 08:54
OA is A, SC1000 , couldn't understand why
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28 Jul 2009, 09:21
I would go with A

surely D & E are out of the picture

B is wrong
and their style varies "among" women and houses

C is wrong
and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

what does "they" refer to?
here we are talking abt art.. and definitely "they" cannot refer to art
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28 Jul 2009, 12:11
A sounds awkward to me. If we remove the other 2 modifiers and leave the sentence, it will end up in sentence fragmentation.

Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women,......in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.
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28 Jul 2009, 13:13
Even I feel in C they are ambiguous.
they can refer murals as well as geometrical symmetries
I would like to go with A
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28 Jul 2009, 18:23
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503. 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.
(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

its between A and C.

'among women and houses' is wrong here so B and D are gone.
E run on sentence?

C looks better than A ..

IMO C.
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29 Jul 2009, 16:59
It should be between A and C. But both of them do not sound parallel to me.

Can some one explain the parallelism here?
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29 Jul 2009, 17:24
Natia wrote:
503. 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.
(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

A is the only option that makes sense.

Eliminate D/E due to the clause starting with "with murals"

B and C are both run-on sentences. Especially C...
"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 are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses"

The clause their geometrical symmetries is an independent clause and can't be connected by just a comma.
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17 Dec 2009, 23:24
hi.
Can you help me to understand the following,

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.

Shouldn't it be?
.... xs are colored, ys are embellished....
Where is the second BE?
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hi.
Can you help me to understand the following,

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.

Shouldn't it be?
.... xs are colored, ys are embellished....
Where is the second BE?

sometimes you're allowed to omit verbs on the basis of ellipsis or gaping. Type on Google "grammar ellipsis or grammar gapping" to get some examples, but the basic idea is that you're allowed to omit units at the same level of structure.

Some examples here.

subject + object
One girl has written a poem, and the other [has written] a short story

Smith completed the course in 35 minutes, and Johnson [completed the course] in 37

subject + complement
Jane has looked more healthy, and Maurice [has looked] more relaxed

Roberts won in 1979, and Dingwall in 1980. right
Roberts won in 1979, and Dingwall 1980.wrong here you can't take just omit the in
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21 Dec 2009, 07:27
HI mikeCoolBoy
Can you answer, is it ok to omit TO BE from the passive? I agree that it's ok to omit the verb, but here we have to be+PII
Don't you think that this action could make the sentence ambiguous? Looks like active voice.
...their geometrical symmetries embellished
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21 Dec 2009, 10:46
embellish is a transitive verb, so you need a direct object if you want to use the active voice. Thus I don't see the ambiguity that you mentioned.
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21 Dec 2009, 11:17
the pronoun WHOSE tells you that all the analogies must be parallel and structured.
oNLY A seems to fit the bill...i dont see how can the remaining options even come close....(well,i think the same about questions which i get wrong )
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21 Dec 2009, 23:07
A; imo
per C; 'they are' appears unnecessarily wordy
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19 Apr 2010, 15:14
yes...its A
B,D and E can be eliminated and C has unnecessary "they"
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20 Apr 2010, 08:30
can someone provide a detailed explanation of why each option is wrong?
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21 Apr 2010, 08:37
503. 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.
(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 - Correct
(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 - Among houses and women
(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 - would have been a competitor if it read and their style
(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses - As B
(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries - incomplete
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503. 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.
(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

C is wrong, it is not clear what "they" is referring to.
B is also wrong, because of the use of "among women and houses".
A is correct, because "their geometrical..." until the end modifies the murals. When in B and C there is an effort to create an artificial parallelism that changes the meaning of the original sentence.
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