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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

I think (B) could a correct answer.. but It seems (E) is the best one, could someone clarify that?

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 07:16
jugolo... this one had me stumped !!
it is a classic example of something ungrmmatical being used all the time.

A. it sounds like something about the ancient writers is being said.
E. well, in fact the scholar is using info provided by the ancient writers.

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 07:18
sorry i thought u were asking abount an explanation for A.

As for B - too wordy and awkward.

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 09:10
Also it does not have a clear referent.

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 12:35
IMO E
In B, 'it' is redundant

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atletikos wrote:
IMO E
In B, 'it' is redundant

But 'it' refers to picture, why it's redundant, i think we should have a reference to picture?

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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

I think it is E. Scholars used the accounts of various writers.

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OG question. It is really between A and E. I choose E, explained below.
jugolo1 wrote:
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" is passive, hence it is difficult to understand what scholar are doing with "accounts".
(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 --"Using" makes it clear what scholars are doing with "accounts".

I think (B) could a correct answer.. but It seems (E) is the best one, could someone clarify that?

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its E

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[quote="jugolo1"]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

I think (B) could a correct answer.. but It seems (E) is the best one, could someone clarify that?[/quote

Choice A is redundant, Based on sth, and on account of sth are idioms. So choice A is crossed out.
Never basing it on ... , it is unidiomatic.
With accounts of is also unidiomatic.
The same for by the account of.
So E is the best choice :)

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