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# As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become

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8. As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have vastly increased.
(A) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(B) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(C) the chipsâ€™ circuits are more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(D) their circuits are more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
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10. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
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15 Oct 2005, 05:54
A, E.

The first correctly avoids misusing an ellipsis for circuits, and the second maintains clear past perfect parallel construction.

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15 Oct 2005, 08:52
nakib77 wrote:
8. As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have vastly increased.
(A) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(B) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(C) the chipsâ€™ circuits are more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(D) their circuits are more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have

I choose A for the correct ellipsis. E is not ok because "their" is ambiguous.

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15 Oct 2005, 10:39
B for me...
for two reasons, one power of chips has increase and so has the power of the devices has increases

(2) reason I think we need has not have...

the power has increased...not power have increased...

nakib77 wrote:
8. As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have vastly increased.
(A) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(B) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(C) the chipsâ€™ circuits are more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(D) their circuits are more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have

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15 Oct 2005, 18:08
B, E

B for me on the first one.

'have become' and 'are' don't match. Power is singular and needs to go with 'has'.

E on the second one.

b/w A and E, A splits up the sentence and makes it sound awkward. B reads smooth.

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15 Oct 2005, 18:20
yeah, A is wrong with the position of "both". I mean question 1.

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16 Oct 2005, 10:21
OAs are B and A.

I don't have OE. Can someone come forward and explain? ngocntt?
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16 Oct 2005, 17:10
Let's see.

For the first question. Leave out D and E since "their" is confusing. C is worng because there is no agreement of tense verb. Now, between A and B it is obvious that B is the correct answer. A says that Electronic devices have vastly increased, which doesn't make any sense. B correclty states that power has vastly increased.

E is wrong. The same for D. And the same for C. They don't make much sense. Now B can be eliminated because one can not know what "respected" modifies to. A seems to be the correct answer.

I answered B and B. The second question is quite difficult.

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Re: SC # Mexican agrarian revolution [#permalink]

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16 Oct 2005, 19:36
nakib77 wrote:
10. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards

Shamed with my wrong answers ...but let's take a look at this SC again:
" that had been ....." seems to modify " a return", instead of "form of ownership" , thus eliminate E.
D is wrong by using "a" coz it distorts the original purpose of the noun clause " what had been ....." to elaborate that " communal form of ownership" is, in fact, the form used by pre-Columbians.
C is clearly awkward by the lack of a noun clause to modify " communal ownership of land".
Looking more carefully at B, we realize that it has same error to C.
Ok, so this time, A is correct.

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17 Oct 2005, 13:20
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nakib77 wrote:
10. At the time of the Mexican agrarian revolution, the most radical faction, that of Zapata and his followers, proposed a return to communal ownership of land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards.
(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards

Shamed with my wrong answers ...but let's take a look at this SC again:
" that had been ....." seems to modify " a return", instead of "form of ownership" , thus eliminate E.
D is wrong by using "a" coz it distorts the original purpose of the noun clause " what had been ....." to elaborate that " communal form of ownership" is, in fact, the form used by pre-Columbians.
C is clearly awkward by the lack of a noun clause to modify " communal ownership of land".
Looking more carefully at B, we realize that it has same error to C.
Ok, so this time, A is correct.

your analysis is perfect.... but probably on the exam day I would have gone for B.....
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