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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


Please provide grammatical explanation to your answer choice.
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B,C,E plain wrong.

Between A and D.

I think A, purely because i think "to a height of" is more idiomatic
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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 Best choice.

b) banked with dirt as high as that of "that" is unclear.

c) banked them with dirt to a height of "them" is unclear.

d) was banked with dirt as high as Not parallel with "overlaid"

e) was banked with dirt as high as that of Not parallel with "overlaid"
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The sentence has meaning issue:

a) banked with dirt to a height of (hold it)

b) banked with dirt as high as that of (that of not clear)

c) banked them with dirt to a height of (them - ?)

d) was banked with dirt as high as (was banked – parallel to main verb - The single-family house constructed by the Yana was conical in … and was banked …, but this needs to modify the framework slabs – eliminate it)

e) was banked with dirt as high as that of (same as d plus that of – eliminate it)

Answer: A
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OA is A
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OA is A


Thanks .. even I would go for the simple reason that it is not the house that is banked but the framework of poles that are banked.. Introducing 'was' distorts the meaning..
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tarek99 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


Please provide grammatical explanation to your answer choice.
thanks


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.

This question highlights two very important things to succeed in SC.
First is the identification of the "subject" and "object" of the sentence.
Second is the slash and burn technique to remove extra useless information to achieve the barest composition of the sentence.

Lets apply these two criterion here :-
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 new sentence becomes:- The single family house constructed by the Yana was banked with dirt to a height of 3 to 4 feet.
The subject of the sentence is "HOUSE" and the original sentence is already correct and perfect.
WE DO NOT NEED ANY MODIFICATION IN THE ORIGINAL SENTENCE, THUS A IS THE CORRECT ANSWER
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