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# Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters

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Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.

a) huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the 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) they 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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07 May 2006, 04:33
C it is

The only choice that uses the modifier properly.
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07 May 2006, 06:07

Explaination: Misplaced modified. "The maya" should follow ","
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10 May 2006, 23:59
The answer is C. Because, it was Maya, not huge palaces, benefits, or anything else, who were architects and stonemasons.
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22 Jul 2006, 02:42
Guys, Can someone help me with this.

I narrowed it down easily to C or E. I chose C instinctively but do not understand why answer choice E is wrong.

In the explanation it says that "Architects and Masons, were the Maya who" is not grammatically correct.

If I remove the comma "Architects and Masons were the Maya" would it be gramatically ok?

If you can help me to understand why the above sentence is wrong, it would be very helpful.

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22 Jul 2006, 13:30
i recognize the OG question... the OA is C

E has 2 problems... first of all _____, were the Maya is incorrect modifier...

second, even if you remove the comma "without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport" is splitting the verb and subject... WHO BUILT... I would replace it towards the end to make the sentence correct because it modifies the verb BUILT... (built how?... w/out the benefit of the wheel... etc) By having it the way it is in E, it seems like the Maya were w/out the benefit of the wheel... etc

hope this makes sense
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23 Jul 2006, 09:33
Thanks U2Lover.

I thought the modifier was the only issue and if I got rid of the comma, it might be ok. But now I understand that we should keep the subject and the verb as close as possible, which option c does very well.

Thanks again.
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24 Jul 2006, 04:20
Clear winner C.

All other have modifier problem.
24 Jul 2006, 04:20
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