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# Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal Peru, the Mohi

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Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal Peru, the Mohica developed their own elaborate society, based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting other wild and domestic resources.

(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting

(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and seafood, and the exploitation of

(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn and beans, harvesting fish and seafood, and the exploiting of

(D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops such as corn and beans, the harvest of fish and seafood, and exploting

(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops like corn and beans, their harvest of fish and shellfish, and they exploited
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02 Jan 2010, 13:40
I can't seem to agree with OA and can't seem to find right answer. None of them seem to be right.
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02 Jan 2010, 13:58
IMO - B

I think - the question is testing parallelism and B seems to be best answer -

based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and seafood, and the exploitation of
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02 Jan 2010, 14:10
So, why not A ? Are cultivating, harvesting and exploiting ....not in parallel ?

The second problem problem is with the usage of such crops like. The correct usage should be such crops as, as in answer B.

OA is B.

Trying to understand why A doesn't meet parallelism, more so when OA explains that cultivating, harvesting and exploiting ....are the correct parallel forms for this sentence.

This is from the OG-12 (SC#28).
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19 Jan 2010, 11:13
Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal
Peru, the Mochica developed their own elaborate
society, based on cultivating such crops like corn and
beans, the harvesting of fi sh and shellfi sh, and
exploiting other wild and domestic resources.
(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and
beans, the harvesting of fi sh and shellfi sh, and
exploiting
(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn
and beans, the harvesting of fi sh and seafood,
and the exploitation of
(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn
and beans, harvesting fi sh and seafood, and the
exploiting of
(D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops
such as corn and beans, the harvest of fi sh and
seafood, and exploiting
(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops
like corn and beans, their harvest of fi sh and
shellfi sh, and they exploited

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B

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Re: Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal Peru, the Mohi [#permalink]

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19 Jan 2010, 12:32
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"Such as" is always correct (in terms of giving examples), and "such like" is always and forever incorrect. Having said that, (A) uses the incorrect construct of "such crops LIKE", for which the usage is incorrect.
(B) fixes the problem of such as, but since there's a list of items given, you need to make sure that all items in this list are parallel to each other. This list contains cultivating of corn and beans, the harvesting of fish, and exploitation of other wild and domestic resources. All three of these items are parallel, since the writer has put them all in noun phrases (cultivating of, harvesting of, and exploitation of). So (B) looks very good so far.
(C) has several problems. Most of the time, if not all the time, the usage of "basing it" is almost always incorrect. It has to be "based on". Then the usage of the word "it" is questionable. What's "it" referring to? When you're providing a list of items, the phrase "such as" is preferred to the word "like". Last but not least, the three items in the list are not parallel in grammatical structure. (the cultivation of - a noun phrase; harvesting fish - a verb phrase)
(D) creates an extremely wordy sentence. The usage of "they based it on" should jump out at you. Who's "they" referring to? Who's "it" referring to? Again, the items in the list are not parallel as in (C) - with a mixture of noun phrases and verb phrase.
(E) repeats the "such like" error, which is always and forever wrong. Again, pronoun issue with "they" and "it".

The only answer that will be remotely possible is (B), which corrects all the mistakes mentioned.

mojorising800 wrote:
Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal
Peru, the Mochica developed their own elaborate
society, based on cultivating such crops like corn and
beans, the harvesting of fi sh and shellfi sh, and
exploiting other wild and domestic resources.
(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and
beans, the harvesting of fi sh and shellfi sh, and
exploiting
(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn
and beans, the harvesting of fi sh and seafood,
and the exploitation of
(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn
and beans, harvesting fi sh and seafood, and the
exploiting of
(D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops
such as corn and beans, the harvest of fi sh and
seafood, and exploiting
(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops
like corn and beans, their harvest of fi sh and
shellfi sh, and they exploited

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B

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19 Jan 2010, 14:31
IMO B.. such as .. only B & D remains in contention, B seems better to me
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20 Jan 2010, 18:35
2 idioms and you can answer question in 30 secs , remember these

1st - based on
2nd such as - note there can be words between such and as

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24 Jan 2010, 15:31
Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal
Peru, the Mochica developed their own elaborate
society, based on cultivating such crops like corn and
beans, the harvesting of fi sh and shellfi sh, and
exploiting other wild and domestic resources.
(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and
beans, the harvesting of fi sh and shellfi sh, and
exploiting
Not parallel..... cultivating such crops and harvesting Of...... should be such as instead of Like..

(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn
and beans, the harvesting of fi sh and seafood,
and the exploitation of
Correct - parallel across all the three clauses... also.. such as is perfectly used.

(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn
and beans, harvesting fi sh and seafood, and the
exploiting of
Like is incorrect

(D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops
such as corn and beans, the harvest of fi sh and
seafood, and exploiting
and is not required.... usage of they is not required

(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops
like corn and beans, their harvest of fi sh and
shellfi sh, and they exploited
and is not required.... usage of they is not required
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04 Apr 2011, 12:16
cvinod wrote:
So, why not A ? Are cultivating, harvesting and exploiting ....not in parallel ?

The second problem problem is with the usage of such crops like. The correct usage should be such crops as, as in answer B.

OA is B.

Trying to understand why A doesn't meet parallelism, more so when OA explains that cultivating, harvesting and exploiting ....are the correct parallel forms for this sentence.

This is from the OG-12 (SC#28).

Answer B is correct. A has the word "the" before the word "harvesting". This breaks parallelism.

"based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting"
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05 Apr 2011, 23:43
There are three actions here- cultivate, harvest and exploit
either it should be cultivating, harvesting and exploiting (verb forms)
or it should be cultivation of, harvesting of and exploitation of (noun form)
A uses cultivating and exploiting in verb form and harvesting in noun form (by putting an 'of' after it) Hence A is incorrect.
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06 Apr 2011, 02:32
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Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal Peru, the Mohica developed their own elaborate society, based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting other wild and domestic resources.

(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting
(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and seafood, and the exploitation of
(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn and beans, harvesting fish and seafood, and the exploiting of
(D) and [color=#FF0000]they based it o[/color]n their cultivation of crops such as corn and beans, the harvest of fish and seafood, and exploting
(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops like corn and beans, their harvest of fish and shellfish, and they exploited

Any one like to answer this ?

By method of elimination i got B.
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01 Oct 2011, 22:43
The issue in A --when we have to give example then use such as not like or such ...like..
B is fine
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If you really want to apply parallelism to this sentence, you'll need to know a slightly arcane rule about gerunds. Let's lay out some terms first. Gerunds are verbs transformed into nouns by the addition of -ing.

A simple gerund is one that could function as a verb, modifiers and all. In the following sentences, the simple gerund is in bold.
I love skiing.
Skiing is my favorite winter sport.
Skiing through avalanche territory is especially exciting.

Again, the bolded portions above are simple gerunds, because they could serve as verbs in a sentence such as I am skiing, or I am skiing through avalanche country.

A complex gerund is one that could not serve as a verb. I won't list here all the ways to create complex gerunds, but watch out in particular for articles and for of phrases. I'll give you a reference to some additional information below. In the meantime, here is an example of a complex gerund.
The opening of the new shopping mall drew fewer customers than the developers had hoped.
You couldn't say I am opening of...

OK, here's the slightly arcane rule. There are three sorts of nouns: (1) concrete nouns, (2) action nouns and complex gerunds, (3) simple gerunds. No list or other parallel structure can mix these. (It's easy to find perfectly good sentences that violate this rule, but not on the GMAT: this rule applies reliably to GMAT SC.)

Now let's apply that rule here:

Every list means parallelism. Let's see what is being compared in each answer choice, and ask whether the elements are structurally similar and logically comparable.

In A, the list is cultivating..., the harvesting of ..., and exploiting. Cultivating and exploiting are simple gerunds, but the harvesting of is a complex gerund. ELIMINATE.

In B, the list is the cultivation..., the harvesting..., and the exploitation of.... Cultivation is not a gerund at all, but remember that action nouns can be parallel with complex gerunds. So fine.

In C, the list is the cultivation..., harvesting..., and the exploiting of . Harvesting is a simple gerund, while the exploiting of is a complex gerund. ELIMINATE.

In D, the list is their cultivation..., the harvest..., and exploiting of. Similar problem with gerunds and other nouns. ELIMINATE.

In E, the list is their cultivating..., their harvest..., and they exploited. This is the most egregious error. They exploited is a clause, while cultivating and harvest are nouns. ELIMINATE.

That leaves B. If you want the more nuanced account of gerunds I mentioned above, go to 213-215 of the MGMAT SC Strategy Guide.
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03 Oct 2011, 08:29
Thanks MichaelS for the fastidious explanation.

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03 Oct 2011, 11:01
Clear B...very nicely explained Michael
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20 Dec 2011, 02:56
-- like cannot introduce examples, hence wrong
hence, we are left with B and D.
Among the two B is the best for ||, and 'based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans' correctly modifies the noun society.
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Building on civilizations that preceded them in coastal Peru, the Mochica developed their own elaborat society, based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting other wild and domestic resources.

(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting
(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and seafood, and the exploitation of
(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn and beans, harvesting fish and seafood, and the exploiting of
(D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops such as corn and beans, the harvest of fish and seafood, and exploiting
(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops like corn and beans, their harvest of fish and shellfish, and they exploited

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16 Apr 2012, 22:53
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(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting->wrong
the three phrases are not parallel
(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and seafood, and the exploitation of-->correct the three noun phrases are parallel ,please see the bold faced nouns(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn and beans, harvesting fish and seafood, and the exploiting of-->parallelism error
(D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops such as corn and beans, the harvest of fish and seafood, and exploiting--> unnecessary use of the word they and also parallelism error
(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops like corn and beans, their harvest of fish and shellfish, and they exploited-->wrong use of the pronoun their and also parallelism error.
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16 Apr 2012, 23:16
saikarthikreddy wrote:
(A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting->wrong
the three phrases are not parallel
(B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and seafood, and the exploitation of-->correct the three noun phrases are parallel ,please see the bold faced nouns(C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn and beans, harvesting fish and seafood, and the exploiting of-->parallelism error
(D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops such as corn and beans, the harvest of fish and seafood, and exploiting--> unnecessary use of the word they and also parallelism error
(E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops like corn and beans, their harvest of fish and shellfish, and they exploited-->wrong use of the pronoun their and also parallelism error.

Hi saikarthikreddy, the cultivation and the harvesting are not in parallel. It should be cultivating & harvesting.
Correct me if I am wrong.
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