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Re: SC1114--Yana [#permalink] New post 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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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 07:35
OA is A.
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Re: SC1114--Yana [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2007, 03:21
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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. :roll:
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2007, 08:12
noooo... someone should have labelled this with GMATprep title...
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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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 [#permalink] New post 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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Re: The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2013, 22:11
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Re: [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2013, 22:11
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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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Re: The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native [#permalink] New post 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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Re: The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native [#permalink] New post 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.

Correct answer : A
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