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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, China’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
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Let's strip the sentence down a little:

The army... is <something>... and took <some people> more than 36 years to complete... (it?)

The army took <some people> more than 36 years to complete.
The army took <some people> more than 36 years to complete it.

What does "it" refer to - what was being completed? The army. So the second sentence reads:
The army took some people more than 36 years to complete the army.

Did the army take a certain amount of time to complete itself? No. The army took some time to complete. So we don't want to mention the army again at the end of the sentence.
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It is similar to this : " The movie "The Simpsons" took 500 people 3 weeks to complete.

'It' is redundant as the subject takes care of 'it' .
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looks like C is the answer.

OG 12 gave the question as below and answer is A (the choices moved around)

61. 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,
China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife is more than
2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than
36 years to complete
.
(A) the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect
Qin Shi Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife
is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000
artisans more than 36 years to complete
(B) Qin Shi Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, was
protected in his afterlife by an army of terracotta
warriors that was created more than
2,000 years ago by 700,000 artisans who took
more than 36 years to complete it
(C) it took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to
create an army of terra-cotta warriors more than
2,000 years ago that would protect Qin Shi
Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife
(D) more than 2,000 years ago, 700,000 artisans
worked more than 36 years to create an army of
terra-cotta warriors to protect Qin Shi Huang,
China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife
(E) more than 36 years were needed to complete
the army of terra-cotta warriors that 700,000
artisans created 2,000 years ago to protect Qin
Shi Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife
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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, China’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

My vote on (C)

army of terra-cotta warriors... IS more than 2000 yrs old AND TOOK more than 36 years to complete.
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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, China’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

IMO B

because B completes the sentence " took x artisans more then 36 years to complete y"

more broader sentence from question is "xyz is more than 2000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it"
without "it" the sentence doesn't make sense...

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I chose C. I cannot understand why B is the OA.
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29 Oct 2009, 06:10
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I agree with C

bla bla... and (Subject) took ... to complete

= bla bla and it took ... to complete
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looks like C is the answer.

OG 12 gave the question as below and answer is A (the choices moved around)

61. 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,
China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife is more than
2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than
36 years to complete
.
(A) the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect
Qin Shi Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife
is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000
artisans more than 36 years to complete
(B) Qin Shi Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, was
protected in his afterlife by an army of terracotta
warriors that was created more than
2,000 years ago by 700,000 artisans who took
more than 36 years to complete it
(C) it took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to
create an army of terra-cotta warriors more than
2,000 years ago that would protect Qin Shi
Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife
(D) more than 2,000 years ago, 700,000 artisans
worked more than 36 years to create an army of
terra-cotta warriors to protect Qin Shi Huang,
China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife
(E) more than 36 years were needed to complete
the army of terra-cotta warriors that 700,000
artisans created 2,000 years ago to protect Qin
Shi Huang, China’s fi rst emperor, in his afterlife

Whoa.. Verbal Sets is really crappy. i am doing the first set and have already found 5 wrong OA answers(within the 1st 20).
Thanks.. C or A in the above case makes more sense.
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27 Jul 2010, 20:32
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This is a really ambiguous question.. Did you see this question on the paper based SETS question..
My teacher and I had lot of discussion on the choices and we just couldn't come down to a single choice..

While I was in favor of C choice, she suggested B as the answer to this.

However, there is a question very much similar to this on the OG12.. In fact, the question on OG12 is framed correctly..
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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, China’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

is there any mistake in the question stem?? The army of terra-cotta warriors created what???

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01 Sep 2007, 00:10
Yup... The sentence is a bad one.

I took C. Anyone thinks B is the right answer???
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29 Oct 2009, 03:41
C is the OA according the test I made yesterday
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29 Oct 2009, 04:59
Thank you!! It must be one of those crappy "sets" that says B.

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22 Jun 2010, 13:03
Could anybody explain why B is wrong?
I like the final "it" to complete the sentence.
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27 Jul 2010, 07:12
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Could anybody explain why B is wrong?
I like the final "it" to complete the sentence.

Could anybody explain why the "it" at the end of the sentence is not needed?
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the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor..

What did the army create and complete?
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the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor..

What did the army create and complete?

The sentence is in passive voice. The army was created to protect Qin Shi Huang.... ....

The army was created and it doesn't create or complete anything.
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26 Dec 2010, 20:50
This question is actually from the Official Guide, and not a crappy "set" as many of you have put it. Here's an explanation:

Quote:
Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient cities of the Maya as an achievement,[u] the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, China'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[u]

A: the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’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

B: Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, was protected in his afterlife by an army of terra-cotta warriors that was created more than 2,000 years ago by 700,000 artisans who took more than 36 years to complete it

C: it took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to create an army of terra-cotta warriors more than 2,000 years ago that would protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife

D: more than 2,000 years ago, 700,000 artisans worked more than 36 years to create an army of terra-cotta warriors to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife

E: more than 36 years were needed to complete the army of terra-cotta warriors that 700,000 artisans created 2,000 years ago to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife

The sentence is correct as written except for the "them" at the end, and that should be replaced with an "it"
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noboru wrote:
the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor..

What did the army create and complete?

The sentence is in passive voice. The army was created to protect Qin Shi Huang.... ....

The army was created and it doesn't create or complete anything.

And why is "was" missing? The sentence says: the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang NO the army of terra-cotta warriors WAS created to protect Qin Shi Huang

It seems tot passive voice but simple past.
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