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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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New post 29 Nov 2008, 02:07
A and E are candidates.
The boldface must modify Communal ownership of land. Although I don't have strong reasons to cross E, it seems to me " that ...." modifies Land: I expect objection from clubbers who have seen some cases in which "THAT" can modify remote noun/phrase(as it is in OG). Therefore I mark it as a loser. The modifier in choice A ( "to what ...") can well replace the phrase ( to Communal ownership of land) without distorting the meaning. therefore , IMO, A is a winner.

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A is a clear winner
in E, 'that; refers to 'land' and distorts the meaning of the original sentence

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Hi guys,

IMO E

(A) land, to what had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the
Spaniards wordy
(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards it could be, but E is better
(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership the //ism is not correct
(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards wordy: in which does not make sense for me
(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards Hold

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I say E.

IMO, A is out because the word to requires the word from here. From state of X to state of Y

E also uses Past perfect clearly. Pre colombian form of ownership existed before the proposal. Then the proposal happened. Also the word proposed requires that. that is unlike which, which refers to the word right before it. that IMO does not refer to the land.

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New post 30 Nov 2008, 20:11
Going with A here is why:

The meaning of the sentence is:

Zapata proposed a return to what had been an old form -- communal ownership of land

topmbaseeker wrote:
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 correct meaning, and "respected by" correctly modifies ownership

(B) land, a form of ownership of the pre-Columbians and respected by the Spaniards
Spaniards don't repsect [url]a return[/url]to communal ownership they respect the "form"

(C) land, respected by the Spaniards and a pre-Columbian form of ownership
even it were correct in meaning still not parallel in structure

(D) land in which a pre-Columbian form of ownership was respected by the Spaniards
changes the meaning of the original sentence

(E) land that had been a pre-Columbian form of ownership respected by the Spaniards
that... incorrectly modifies land

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New post 30 Nov 2008, 20:12
E is incorrect: land can not be a form of ownership

icandy wrote:
I say E.

IMO, A is out because the word to requires the word from here. From state of X to state of Y

E also uses Past perfect clearly. Pre colombian form of ownership existed before the proposal. Then the proposal happened. Also the word proposed requires that. that is unlike which, which refers to the word right before it. that IMO does not refer to the land.

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