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# Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet

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Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.

(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives

(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive

(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives

(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived

(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving
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11 Jul 2007, 11:32
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bmwhype2 wrote:
160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving

C. because the introductory phrase "Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas" should be modified by "the dite of the pima indians" not by "the pima indians".

dite is singular so derives is ok.
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11 Jul 2007, 17:28
bmwhype2 wrote:
160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving

The diets are based on pinto beans rather than the Pima Indians. diet correctly modifies based on pinto beans and corn tortillas.

As such, AB are wrong.

D is wrong because the reverse of the typical North American diet.

E is a run on sentence.

OA is C.
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11 Jul 2007, 18:04
bmwhype2 wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving

The diets are based on pinto beans rather than the Pima Indians. diet correctly modifies based on pinto beans and corn tortillas.

As such, AB are wrong.

D is wrong because the reverse of the typical North American diet.

E is a run on sentence.

OA is C.

There is also a IIlism twist here.

diet of the Pima Indians derives......the reverse of the typical North American diet
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11 Jul 2007, 23:36
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Here's my explanation for why the answer is C: (please forgive any redundancy)
"based on" modifies the diet, not the indians, so A & B are goner's
"its protein" tells us that there is only one diet, so D is out
and E does not allow for a subject and a verb, just a subject with dependent clauses.
It has to be C, if nothing else by POE. C is the only option with SV agreement.
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12 Jul 2007, 06:54
Modifier 'Based on pinto beans and tortila' can only modify 'diet' not 'Indians'.
So, left with C, D and E.
A, a present simple, is simple and clean and may be the only choice.
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26 Nov 2014, 22:28
160. Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas, the Pima Indians have a diet that derives 70 percent of its protein from vegetable sources and only 30 percent from animal foods, the reverse of the typical North American diet.
(A) Pima Indians have a diet that derives You can't base pinto beans and corn tortillas on Pima Indians. It has to be their diet
(B) Pima Indians in their diet derive Same as A
(C) diet of the Pima Indians derives Correct. The singular "diet" accurately reflects "its"
(D) diets of the Pima Indians have derived "Diets" has to be singular to reflect "its"
(E) diet of the Pima Indians, deriving "deriving" is wrong

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12 Dec 2014, 05:04
What is Based on pinto beans and corn tortillas ? Ans is diet of P Indians and not the P Indians themselves ..So first split omits A& B.
Split 2 : Diet is singular and hence C looks best .
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