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# Q20: Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient

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Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient cities of the Maya as an achievement, the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, Chinaâ€™s first emperor, in his afterlife is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them.

A. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it
C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete
E. to complete them too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years
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11 Nov 2005, 13:46
C.

them is incorrect as :
is more than signals its singular

by the way what did the army of terra-cotta warriors created ?? does not seems to be explicit.
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11 Nov 2005, 13:50
the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete

duttsit wrote:
C.

them is incorrect as :
is more than signals its singular

by the way what did the army of terra-cotta warriors created ?? does not seems to be explicit.
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11 Nov 2005, 14:07
I pick B
1.it=the army of terra-cotta warriors--->not them, so delete A and E
2. D is active --- weird meaning
3.between C and B
I guess in this sentence, we need pronoun " it " to clarify "what 700,000 artisans done"
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12 Nov 2005, 03:31
lets have some more discussion on this....

I will post the OA little later.
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12 Nov 2005, 03:43
The underlined part of the sentence needs to start with a verb in order to keep parallelism. D and E are wrong. A is wring because "them" doesn't have clear reference. In additon, it is superfluous. Between B and C, I prefer C. B introduces a pronoun, "it", that refers to the subject of the sentence. This is a very poor construction. "It" has a reference, but an incorrect one. B should be.

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12 Nov 2005, 05:22
B)..."...the army of terra-cotta warriors created...and took 700.000 artisans...". its about the meaning of the sentence. the artisans had to work more than 36 years to complete the army (it). without the "it" it would not be clear what the artisans completed. "...the army of terra-cotta warriors...took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete". that sounds incomplete.
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12 Nov 2005, 09:42
The army is singular, so them in A is wrong. It in B is redundant, while D and E are grammatical monstrosities.

Slam dunk C.
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12 Nov 2005, 16:08
to answer this question let's consider the following thing

"The homework took me two hours to complete".
Or do you say
"The homework took me two hours to complete it." ?

Which one would you consider.

For the same reason C is the OA
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26 Aug 2006, 20:10
Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient cities of the Maya as an achievement, the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, Chinaâ€™s first emperor, in his afterlife is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them.

A. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them

B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it

C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete

D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete

E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

Pl explain your reasons!
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26 Aug 2006, 21:52
2times, the answer is B. This question was discussed before
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26 Aug 2006, 21:59
can you please point out the link if you can locate it. Thanks.
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26 Aug 2006, 22:29
2times wrote:
can you please point out the link if you can locate it. Thanks.

"it" clearly refers to the army, not the pyramids.
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26 Aug 2006, 23:08
This is a tricky one...got it wrong the last time. OA is B, since "to complete" does not identify clearly what was completed.

Point to note:

If the sentence read "The building of the army took 5 billion years to complete", it would be correct.
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Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient cities of the Maya as an achievement, the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, Chinaâ€™s first emperor, in his afterlife is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them.
A. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it
C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete
E. to complete them too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

Any verbal guru here can tell me what's the difference between (B) and (C)?

Thanks a heap
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01 Sep 2006, 22:51
If you like, you can see my explanation here.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=34052
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