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# The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both

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The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.

A. contact with it directly with
B. direct contact with it by way of
C. contact with the last directly through
D. direct contact with the latter by means of
E. contact directly with the mystical level due to
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20 Jan 2008, 03:35
between D and E

D
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A & B - out because of "it"
C - contact with the last (should be latter)
D - ok
E - sounds awkward to me
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20 Jan 2008, 17:40
Without complex relative pronoun clause the sentence looks:
The Quechuans believed …, and individual Quechuans claimed to have …. an ichana (dream) experience.

A. contact with it directly with (It – missing referent issue – Eliminate it)

B. direct contact with it by way of (It – missing referent issue – Eliminate it)

C. contact with the last directly through (The sentence looks ok but in two items list or actions, former and latter is more idiomatic vs. last – Eliminate it)

D. direct contact with the latter by means of (Hold it)
E. contact directly with the mystical level due to (direct contact vs. contact directly – changing the sentence meaning - eliminate it)

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20 Jan 2008, 18:19
hanumayamma wrote:
Without complex relative pronoun clause the sentence looks:
The Quechuans believed …, and individual Quechuans claimed to have …. an ichana (dream) experience.

A. contact with it directly with (It – missing referent issue – Eliminate it)

B. direct contact with it by way of (It – missing referent issue – Eliminate it)

C. contact with the last directly through (The sentence looks ok but in two items list or actions, former and latter is more idiomatic vs. last – Eliminate it)

D. direct contact with the latter by means of (Hold it)
E. contact directly with the mystical level (of reality)due to (direct contact vs. contact directly – changing the sentence meaning - eliminate it)

And "directly" do not modify the noun -contact

Another vote for D
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20 Jan 2008, 20:10
I think it's D since it is most concise, and eliminates the pronoun error.
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20 Jan 2008, 20:28
marcodonzelli wrote:
The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.

A. contact with it directly with
B. direct contact with it by way of
C. contact with the last directly through
D. direct contact with the latter by means of
E. contact directly with the mystical level due to

I say D.

AB: what does "it" refer to?
C: latter is prefered to last

E: mystical level is redundant, can simply say latter.
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21 Jan 2008, 23:44
GHIBI wrote:
One vote for D.

yes, OA is D
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