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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 Mochica 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 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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Question: 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 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-incorrect usage of "like"
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-incorrect usage of "like"
D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops such as corn and beans, the harvest of fish and seafood, and exploiting-wrong parallelism
E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops like corn and beans, their harvest of fish and shellfish, and they exploited
incorrect usage of "like"

IMO "B".What is the OA?

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I think it is A. Looking at the list the only one where all three are parallel is A.
a) cultivating, harvesting, exploiting
b) cultivation, harvesting, exploitation
c) cultivation, harvesting, exploiting
d) cultivation, harvest, exploiting
e) cultivating, harvest, exploited

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I think it is A. Looking at the list the only one where all three are parallel is A.
a) cultivating, harvesting, exploiting
b) cultivation, harvesting, exploitation
c) cultivation, harvesting, exploiting
d) cultivation, harvest, exploiting
e) cultivating, harvest, exploited

In my opinion -In "A" "harvesting of" creates a gerund ,the other 2 are participles. Usage of "like" is incorrect.

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16 Sep 2009, 21:30
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A) based on cultivating such crops like corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and shellfish, and exploiting
"like" incorrect,"such as" should be used
B) based on the cultivation of such crops as corn and beans, the harvesting of fish and seafood, and the exploitation of
correct
C) and basing it on the cultivation of crops like corn and beans, harvesting fish and seafood, and the exploiting of
"and basing it " needs a subject bu there is none
D) and they based it on their cultivation of crops such as corn and beans, the harvest of fish and seafood, and exploiting
cultivation,harvest abd exploiting are n aallel
E) and they based it on their cultivating such crops like corn and beans, their harvest of fish and shellfish, and they exploited
cultivation,harvest nd exploted is not parallel

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17 Sep 2009, 08:08
OA is B. Thank you for explanation.

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29 Oct 2009, 19:19
I ran into this same Q in OG12 and chose A.

Even if A is using "such crops.. LIKE.." maybe they had crops which is not same as corn/beans but some other similar variety.
Looking at B, SUCH-AS is correctly used, but SHELLFISH is replaced by SEAFOOD! This would be changing the meaning of original sentence.
thoughts?

Yet, OA is B

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30 Oct 2009, 05:11
Agree with B

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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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"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.

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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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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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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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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 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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This is B...
Brings out the proper parallelism..

cultivation of..... , harvesting of .... , exploitation of...
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28 Jul 2010, 08:20
agree with B ...but I dont know chose A (sleepof mind)

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