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Hi All,

Below is ques where I have doubt in choice A


25. 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,

--- Soln says Based on incorrectly modifies scholars. I am not able to understand this, could someone please help me understand why this choice is wrong.

(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,

E is the correct answer.

Thanks

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Hi All,

Below is ques where I have doubt in choice A


25. 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,

--- Soln says Based on incorrectly modifies scholars. I am not able to understand this, could someone please help me understand why this choice is wrong.

(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,

E is the correct answer.

Thanks


I got it where you are getting confused.
If you read the original sentence it is saying : Based on accounts of various ancient writers;- the scholars cannot be based on something . They can use the accounts but are not based on that. Based on accounts of various ancient writers is an introductory adjective modifying phrase. In essense, the entire phrase is describing scholars, the noun that follows the phrase. Unfortunately, this description of scholars is nonsensical: scholars are people; thus, they cannot be based on accounts (or based on anything, for that matter). Instead, scholars, as researchers, must use accounts to do their research.

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Thanks for the explanation, I understand it now
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New post 14 Mar 2012, 08:06
Gladiator offers a very good explanation. These kind of phrases ("based on....") are "Participial phrases" and are one of the most important concepts that you should be extremely comfortable with, in your GMAT SC endeavor.
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New post 16 Jan 2019, 05:22
raviram80 wrote:
Hi All,

Below is ques where I have doubt in choice A


25. 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,

--- Soln says Based on incorrectly modifies scholars. I am not able to understand this, could someone please help me understand why this choice is wrong.

(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,

E is the correct answer.

Thanks

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