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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 the benifit of the wheel or animal transport.

A: huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without the benifit of the wheel or animal transport.

B: without the benefits of animal transport or wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya

C: the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the beneifts of sanimal 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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02 Aug 2007, 15:42
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C is the only one that works.

"Architects and stonemasons" describes "the Maya" so the Maya needs to follow that phrase immediately.
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03 Aug 2007, 08:51
I think C too.

Other sentences aren't clear. C says the Maya were Architects and stonemasons and they built bla bla without the help of bla bla bla. Others don't convey any clear message.
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10 May 2015, 03:48
other options are certainly wrong but C also sounds a bit incomplete. This appears to be sentence fragments, as if the first part before comma is not related to the other part.
I guess 'who' is missing in the sentence.
I think this should be the correct one.
the Maya who built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel.
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10 Jul 2017, 11:20
Naina1 wrote:
other options are certainly wrong but C also sounds a bit incomplete. This appears to be sentence fragments, as if the first part before comma is not related to the other part.
I guess 'who' is missing in the sentence.
I think this should be the correct one.
the Maya who built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel.

I have a similar doubt.
B sounds awkward as if something is missing in it.
I marked E as the presence of 'who' makes it clear.
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05 Aug 2017, 08:30
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C is the best of the worst. But, frankly speaking, do not like any of these answers.

A. huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without the benifit of the wheel or animal transport.
This sounds good independetly, but not with "Architects and stonemasons" - does not make sense
B. without the benefits of animal transport or wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya
Analagous to A there is no logicaland gramtaical sense
C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the beneifts of sanimal transport or the wheel
As it was said - the best of the worst
But I would like it better if:
C1. the Maya, built huge palace and temple clusters without the beneifts of sanimal transport or the wheel
or
C2. The Maya architects and stonemasons built ...
D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya
there were built - bad
E. were the Maya, who without the benefit of the wheel or animal
transport, built huge palace and temple clusters.
architexts and stonemasons - they are not only Maya, so there is no sense

2Naina1:
the Maya who built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel.

in your case there is no verb predicate in this sentence (you eliminate it by inserting "who"), so it does not pass
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16 Aug 2017, 08:41
The first segment is an idiomatic adverb. It says "Architects and stonemasons," but idiomatically you'll have to think of it as BEING "Architects and stonemasons," the Maya...rest of sentence. This kind of verbage is used in documentaries and such.
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16 Aug 2017, 09:42
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Architects and masons are appositive modifiers that define or describe the Maya tribe.
Appositives are nouns or noun phrases that stand aloof and hence are liable to be mistaken for comma splices.
Appositives do not tolerate a verb between them and their nouns, as we see in choice E.
Appositives describe their nouns most precisely and nail them forthrightly.
C is a perfectly legal sentence.
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16 Aug 2017, 12:10
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Well in simple terms Architects and Stonemasons were who?? This is a Modifier question and here it is referring to the Maya and therefore C is the best .

Go by meaning .Sentence Correction on GMAT is a lot about meaning. Three main topics erstwhile are tested:- Modifiers,Subject verb agreement and parallelism.

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