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07 Sep 2007, 07:29
Just bumping this thread up . I am still confused on what OA is .
I am betting on D here.
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07 Sep 2007, 07:35
OA is A.
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08 Sep 2007, 03:21
chunjuwu wrote:
The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

A. banked with dirt to a height of
B. banked with dirt as high as that of
C. banked them with dirt to a height of
D. was banked with dirt as high as
E. was banked with dirt as high as that of

Can you confirm ur source please?

I wonder why do we have two OA's. Because I want it to be D.
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08 Sep 2007, 08:12
noooo... someone should have labelled this with GMATprep title...
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09 Sep 2007, 00:09
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B "as high as that of" is confusing, awkward, and stylistically poor.

§ C "them" is unnecessary and has no clear referent.

§ D "was" is unnecessary, given the construction, and "as high as" is wordy and awkward.

§ E "was" is unnecessary and "as high as that of" is wordy, awkward, and stylistically poor.

ANSWER: A Clear, concise, and without errors.

In 'D' the word 'was' is refuting the parallel construction of the sentence.

Compare the following 2 sentences-

....its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark....and banked with dirt to a height of

OR
....its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark....and was banked with dirt as high as...

The first one looks better!

Other Explanation for A

Never do we say "the bridge was as high as 300ft", or "the building was as high as that of 100ft".

We definitely do say "the bridge was as high as the Sears tower", or "the building was as high as the tower".

Comparisons gives an idea about where one entity stands next to the other. All the rest choices here gives an idea where the entity stands next to its own height!
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24 Sep 2007, 15:03
Close call between A and D.
I am going with A.

The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

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B "as high as that of" is confusing, awkward, and stylistically poor.

§ C "them" is unnecessary and has no clear referent.

§ D "was" is unnecessary, given the construction, and "as high as" is wordy and awkward.

§ E "was" is unnecessary and "as high as that of" is wordy, awkward, and stylistically poor.

ANSWER: A Clear, concise, and without errors.

In 'D' the word 'was' is refuting the parallel construction of the sentence.

Compare the following 2 sentences-

....its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark....and banked with dirt to a height of

OR
....its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark....and was banked with dirt as high as...

The first one looks better!

Other Explanation for A

Never do we say "the bridge was as high as 300ft", or "the building was as high as that of 100ft".

We definitely do say "the bridge was as high as the Sears tower", or "the building was as high as the tower".

Comparisons gives an idea about where one entity stands next to the other. All the rest choices here gives an idea where the entity stands next to its own height!

Good explanation especially with regards to the comparison.
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01 May 2014, 05:50
Ron's explanation is good:http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/gmat-prep-sc-single-family-house-t1827.html
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15 May 2014, 07:37
chunjuwu wrote:
The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

A. banked with dirt to a height of
B. banked with dirt as high as that of
C. banked them with dirt to a height of
D. was banked with dirt as high as
E. was banked with dirt as high as that of

I Got finally with A and B . . I choosed B

My elimination process
D and E are wrong because it does not have parallel structure- "Poles overlaid" should be parallel with "banked"

C is out because Pronoun - "them" is confusing.

So with A and B.
B is out because here we are not comparing any thin. But "as high as" is used for comparing the things.

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03 Jun 2015, 07:16
chunjuwu wrote:
The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

A. banked with dirt to a height of
B. banked with dirt as high as that of
C. banked them with dirt to a height of
D. was banked with dirt as high as
E. was banked with dirt as high as that of

We have two modifiers which modify 'its framework of poles': overlaid is the first, so the second one should be a parallel past participle, i.e., 'banked'

'was banked' is wrong: D, E
'that' has no clear referent in B, E
'them' is redundant in C
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Vithal wrote:
agree with Paul!..the framework does not include the banking..and hence was banked should be used!

The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

Eliminating the part in yellow, I read the sentence as "The single-family house was conical in shape -

was banked should be used to make it parallel with "was conical"
and between D and E..E is out because of the unnecessary "that of" which makes the sentence sound awkward

The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

The structure highlighted in green and red are the two relevant parts of information in the sentence.

Choice A. its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.
The Structure is parallel - use of Past Participle

Choice B. its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt as high as that of three to four feet.
As high as - is a comparison marker. No comparison present.

Choice C. its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked them with dirt to a height of three to four feet.
them - introduces pronoun ambiguity - them can refer to "poles" or "slabs". Note "Framework of Poles" would be singular.

Choice D. its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and was banked with dirt as high as three to four feet.
"Overlaid" and "was Banked" are not parallel. Moreover "was + past participle" ="was banked" means the use of past prefect, speech used to compare events which happened at different times in the past.

Choice E. Combined errors of Choice B & D

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