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# Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters

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12 Nov 2012, 23:50
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Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.

A. huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.
B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya.
C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel.
D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya.
E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters.
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My guess is C will explain if its correct....
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Vineetk wrote:
Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.

A. huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.
B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya.
C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel.
D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya.
E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters.

OA after discussion.

senetence starts with an appositive modifier "Architects and stonemasons" what could it modify? only "the maya" in the entire sentence. only Ans C starts with "the maya", without even looking at anyother choice for any other error we can pick C.

Ans C it is.
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13 Nov 2012, 00:14
need a subject after the comma C it is
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13 Nov 2012, 11:47
Could someone throw more light on appositives???
How could C form a complete sentence?
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14 Nov 2012, 06:46
I had gotten to C and E and chose E because it seemed more complete. Could somebody provide explanation for why E is not an appropriate choice.
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20 May 2014, 08:54
avinashrao9 wrote:
Could someone throw more light on appositives???
How could C form a complete sentence?

I would also like to know this, please. This sentence doesn't sound right (to me).

Architects and stonemasons, the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel.
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29 Aug 2017, 22:11
Vineetk wrote:
Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.

A. huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.
B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya.
C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel.
D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya.
E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters.

look at E
Architects were the maya who build huge palace
is incorrect/illogic.
Architect were the persons who design house

is correct/logic.
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29 Aug 2017, 22:23
Imo

I believe the error with E is that even if we consider 'stonemasons and architects' subject, we cannot use a comma between the subject and the verb 'were'.

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30 Aug 2017, 01:33
Vineetk wrote:
Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.

A. huge palace and temple clusters were built by Maya without benefit of wheel or animal transport.
B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya.
C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel.
D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya.
E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters.

look at E
Architects were the maya who build huge palace
is incorrect/illogic.
Architect were the persons who design house

is correct/logic.
Re: Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters   [#permalink] 30 Aug 2017, 01:33
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