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# The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native

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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
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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
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A for me. it modifies poles, so there should not be any "was".
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tennis_ball wrote:
A for me. it modifies poles, so there should not be any "was".

I was sure it was D till I scrolled below and read your post and now I am all confused!
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tennis_ball wrote:
A for me. it modifies poles, so there should not be any "was".

"It" is either an expletive or a relative pronoun and never modifies anything. Reading too much of Kaplan's explanation can really screw your grammar funda

Very few "official explanations" actually use grammatical references to explain the correct usage. GMAT800 book has the worst possible explanations of official answers.
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Re: SC - 11/10 : Single-family House [#permalink]  31 Oct 2006, 23:02
KC 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

It as used above is not an expletive.

"Its" properly modifies the single-family house.

overlaid with slabs and banked with dirt are parallel and correct. A is alright.
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Re: SC - 11/10 : Single-family House [#permalink]  01 Nov 2006, 01:25
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
KC 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

It as used above is not an expletive.
I didn't say it is used as an expletive.

"Its" properly modifies the single-family house.

Heard of the term "possessive case" of a relative pronoun ? There (btw an expletive !) are seven possessive pronouns in modern English: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs.
"Its" is not a modifier of anything.

overlaid with slabs and banked with dirt are parallel and correct. A is alright.

Yes, case is one of the properties that pronouns have. Definitely sounds familiar.

You probably misunderstood what I wanted to say (or may be I did too).
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Swagatalakshmi wrote:
tennis_ball wrote:
A for me. it modifies poles, so there should not be any "was".

"It" is either an expletive or a relative pronoun and never modifies anything. Reading too much of Kaplan's explanation can really screw your grammar funda

Very few "official explanations" actually use grammatical references to explain the correct usage. GMAT800 book has the worst possible explanations of official answers.

lol. sorry. my 'it' in my last post means the underlined part.

i am sorry you hate Kaplan, but I love it.
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Re: SC - 11/10 : Single-family House [#permalink]  01 Nov 2006, 18:59
KC 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

D is wrong because it's misleading "Dirt as high as "
A stands firm.

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g.matter wrote:
All right. Still trying understand... Why not D

"was" is wrong. it should be parallel to "overlaid", so 'was' can't be there.

and "as high as" is wrong too.

3 or 4 feet is already a height. u don't say 3 or 4 feet is high, because it is just a number, and it itself is already a height!

Do you say $4 is expensive? you don't. you say this piece of clothing is expensive. that stock is cheap. but u don't say$4 is cheap or \$5 is expensive. A number is not expensive or cheap. Same applies here: a number is not high or low.
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