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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 [#permalink]

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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, â€œthe good goddess.â€
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12 Mar 2006, 21:14
E it is.

E correctly modifies scholars.

Using accounts ..., scholars...
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12 Mar 2006, 22:04
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B-C-D can be cancelled outright- they make no sense.

In A, it sounds as though the scholars themselves were based- modifier problem.

E is correct..(using...scholars)
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12 Mar 2006, 22:10
B) Progressive verb 'basing' is not appropriate
C) 'with' is wrong
D) Sentence is awkwardly phrased

Comparing A and E, E is better. (A) can cause confusion with the use of 'based on'
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12 Mar 2006, 23:28
Hey this is OG question,
No doubts E,it modifiers scholars in the right way
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13 Mar 2006, 02:50
^ E ^

(A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers ---> "based" creates a passive meaning here as if "scholars are based"

(B) Basing it on various ancient writersâ€™ accounts ---> what is "it" ?

(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis ---> we need the thing done after this phrase not the subject "scholars"

(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used --->"by" is not correct. "they" is ambigous

(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers ---> Correct. "scholars using..." correct modifier
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13 Mar 2006, 03:28
kudos Selene!!
Ur explanations are bang on target kinds
Thanks a lot!!
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13 Mar 2006, 03:33
flower wrote:
kudos Selene!!
Ur explanations are bang on target kinds
Thanks a lot!!

what does "kudos" mean flower ? I guess it is in Indian ..
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13 Mar 2006, 07:48
I am late, I know .... but .....

In 'A' "Based on" is modifying noun after comma i.e. Scholar so answer is "E".
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02 Nov 2015, 05:58
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