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Complied from documents provided by several government agencies, the investigative commission produced a report clearly indicating that federal officials had frequently authorized expenditures far above statutory limits.


A: Complied from documents provided by several government agencies

B: Compiling it from several government agencies' documents

C: A compilation of documents from several government agencies

D: Documents provided by several government agencies

E: Working from documents provided by several government agencies


My answer (B)

My Reasoning: Clear case of phrase modifying the "the investigative commission"
A: Underlined phrase doesn't modify "the investigative commission".. sounds passive
B: Compiling [active participle] seems to modify "the investigative commission" and it refers to report [there is no other singular noun to which it can refer so it is definitely referring to "a report"]
C: Option/Opening phrase doesn't modify "the investigative commission"
D: Option/Opening phrase doesn't modify "the investigative commission"
E: Similar to option B an active participle modifies "the investigative commission" but as it sounds passive I eliminated it.

I am not sure if Working from documents is the correct phrase. Any thoughts???

Originally posted by pushkarajg on 25 Dec 2010, 19:02.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 Jan 2019, 01:27, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 25 Dec 2010, 19:47
Its btwn B and E. If you had guessed it in the option to be a placeholder then you are wrong.

B would have been right, if it was formed as below

Compiling several government agencies' documents

E omits the it and stands out
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New post 25 Dec 2010, 21:58
Working from is also wrong. It should be working with.
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New post 25 Dec 2010, 23:24
Both ‘Working from’ and’ working with’ are correct idioms depending upon the context of each. In the given case, ‘working from, suits better. Working with means that the commission worked with several other agencies physically and produced the report. Need not be always. It can also produce a report from the documents provided by several agencies. For example, when somebody wants a technical opinion, he will ask for the opinion of the expert in writing and proceed from that opinion.
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New post 26 Dec 2010, 11:21
A reflection about this SC.

So, first of all Complied is :to do what you have been asked or ordered to do, for istance : I asked the waitress to refill my coffee cup and she happily complied.

Here the commission works from documents provided by different agencies......did not order anything or ask anything

A and B out.......wrong.

C unuseful

E indicate only the providing of documents, but the commission produced a report, hence has worked on documents.....

E seems really the right choice.........
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New post 26 Dec 2010, 13:10
+1 E

In B, "it" does not have a clear referent.
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I am not understanding it.Can anyone explain the every answer option...........
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I am not understanding it.Can anyone explain the every answer option...........


Hi Mun, below is my observation:

Complied from documents provided by several government agencies, the investigative commission produced a report clearly indicating that federal officials had frequently authorized expenditures far above statutory limits.

A: Complied from documents provided by several government agencies....Sounds as if The investigative comission is compiled which is awkward
B: Compiling it from several government agencies' documents....."It" has no clear referant
C: A compilation of documents from several government agencies....The whole phrase does not modify "the investigative body
D: Documents provided by several government agencies.....Similar problem as in C
E: Working from documents provided by several government agencies....Bingo Working from the document.......The investigative body produced report ........
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Complied from documents provided by several government agencies, the investigative commission produced a report clearly indicating that federal officials had frequently authorized expenditures far above statutory limits.

A: Complied from documents provided by several government agencies.... modifies the investigative commission (which doesn't make sense)

B: Compiling it from several government agencies' documents....."It?? what "it" referring to?? if we consider placeholder "it". also doesn't make sense

C: A compilation of documents from several government agencies....ambiguous

D: Documents provided by several government agencies.....Same problem as in C

E: Working from documents provided by several government agencies....Bingo Working from the document....The investigative body produced report ...seems to be correct
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New post 23 Jan 2019, 03:03
In option B,

Why "it" can not refer to "a report" that has been produced. Finally it was the report only that has been compiled.

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New post 26 Jan 2019, 20:32
why is B wrong? everyone says B has pronoun antecedent problem(which i am not able to find out!), but i feel that B has a modifier problem.
For B the main clause should be something like this :
(Modifier), the report ..............................
Please clarify.
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