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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 BC, worshipped a goddess known 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 account of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers
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09 Nov 2008, 20:09
i chose B partially because i have done this problem in the past and secondly B clearly modifies Scholars and pronoun 'It' gives clarity to the sentence.

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 BC, worshipped a goddess known 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 account of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers
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10 Nov 2008, 02:48
whats the QA Kman ? I would go for E as well. Can you pls post the explanation given along with the QA ? Thanks.
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10 Nov 2008, 06:57
E is correct, B is wrong.

A
Based on account incorrectly modifies "scholars".
Scholars can not be based on accounts.

B
Basing it is awkward..and again incorrect modifier for scholars.

C is wordy.

D..Clearly wrong being awkward.

E is correct...scholars used accounts

ritula wrote:
B sounds all right, but wht is wrong with E?
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i chose B partially because i have done this problem in the past and secondly B clearly modifies Scholars and pronoun 'It' gives clarity to the sentence.

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 BC, worshipped a goddess known 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 account of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers
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10 Nov 2008, 10:52
doesnt E alter the meaning of the sentence?
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13 Nov 2008, 19:22
Sorry to get back on this late. Had to go on a business trip working crazy hours.

The OA is E.

OE: In this sentence, using accounts of various writers correctly modifies scholars in a clear and concise expression of their activity

I can't understand why E is better than A. Why is Based on worse than Using ?

I suppose in the GMAT world, we have to look at literally the immediate noun after the comma and not read any further!
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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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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

here modifier should modify 'scholars'... if you re write and put modifier after the 'scholars' in between commas also should make sense ..
letme try this way

scholars,Based on accounts of various ancient writers, 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

or try other options ..

scholars,Using accounts of various ancient writers, 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

see which one makes more sense? obviously the second one right? I think in this kind of situation, look for sensible meaning.

Scholars are using some thing to paint a sketch ..

IMO E.
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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 based on accounts how can scholars paint?
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts awkward
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis awkward
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers Correct answer
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Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs, scientists estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

(A) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(B) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(C) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles like
(D) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles, like those of
(E) Based on such growth rates as those of large modern reptiles like

same logic for this question as well..

'like' vs 'such as' .. here 'such as' wins because the sentence is listing examples.

scientists ,On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs , estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

makes more sense.

A, C and E are wrong for using 'based '. scientists didn't base some thing to estimate. they estimate something on the basis of growth rates ..

IMO B.
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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs, scientists estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

(A) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(B) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as
(C) Based on the growth rates of large modern reptiles like
(D) On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles, like those of
(E) Based on such growth rates as those of large modern reptiles like

same logic for this question as well..

'like' vs 'such as' .. here 'such as' wins because the sentence is listing examples.

scientists ,On the basis of growth rates of large modern reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and examinations of fossils of juvenile dinosaurs , estimate that the largest dinosaurs probably lived to be between 100 and 200 years old.

makes more sense.

A, C and E are wrong for using 'based '. scientists didn't base some thing to estimate. they estimate something on the basis of growth rates ..

IMO B.

thanks...much needed explanation.

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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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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 - 'scholars' were not based on the accounts of varioius ancient writers. Rather, scholars used the accounts of various writers.
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts - awkward and does not modify 'scholars'
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis - awkward
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used - awkward construction
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers - the modifier is corretly modifying 'scholars' which is placed immediately after the comma.
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21 Jul 2010, 09:22
I will go with E,

"using the accounts of various ancient writers" modifying scholors
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22 Jul 2010, 09:01
The scholars used accounts of various...They were not based on, basing it on, etc
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30 Nov 2010, 15:13
I totally think "Based on" sounds fine, but my opinion doesn't matter.

I will stick do not use "based on" into my "to remember" list.

Does anyone else know of any other similar illegal modifiers like "based on"?
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(A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers' accounts,
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers they used,
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used,
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers,
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11 Jan 2011, 04:12
opening part of the sentence is the modifier, which modifies scholars.

scholars were not based on accounts of ancient writers ...they just used accounts to sketch pictures ...
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12 Jan 2011, 05:12

9secs ... is all i took to answer this simple question

A) are 'scholars' .. 'based on accounts of various ancient writers'? ... of course NOT

E modifies scholars correctly ... you can rewrite the sentence as
scholars, using accounts of various ancient writers, have painted ...

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Scholars cannot be based on "the accounts". Scholars just use them => E is correct.
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