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# Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have

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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have painted a sketchy picture of the activities of an all-female cult that, perhaps as early as the sixth century B.C., worshipped a goddess known in Latin as Bona Dea, “the good goddess.”

(A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers,
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts,
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis,
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used,
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers,
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[A]: Who is based on the accounts of the scholars? The story can be, but not the scholars themselves. Incorrect usage of the modifier.
[B]: Awkward and wordy, and there is a pronoun reference issue. Incorrect.
[C]: Awkward and wordy and it implies that the activity of using the accounts as the basis and the scholars' actions are separate, whereas they are not. Incorrect.
[D]: 'By the accounts' implies that the scholars' activities were part of the accounts, which is wrong.
[E]: Correct. Uses the modifier correctly (the scholars used the accounts), and is concise as well.

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03 May 2016, 07:33
The answer has to be option E. The underlined phrase must modify scholars. Only E fits the bill !
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