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# Confusing

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08 Dec 2008, 13:35
Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.

B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya

C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel

D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya

E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters
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08 Dec 2008, 16:15
Please post SC underlined and with all choices.

Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.

A. huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.

B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya

C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel

D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya

E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters
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08 Dec 2008, 16:16
I woluld go for E
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08 Dec 2008, 16:21
C.
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08 Dec 2008, 18:31
Oh yeah, I forgot to underline, sorry. "C" is correct...why?
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08 Dec 2008, 19:08
I got this question wrong before. Never really understood why it is C. Any explanations on how the modifier works here?
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09 Dec 2008, 18:19
PLS UNDERLINE THE SC QUESTIONS.

my choice is C.
snowbirdskier wrote:
Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.

B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya Passive

C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel Clear and concise

D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya awkward
E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters wordy
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11 Dec 2008, 10:57
C is just because of active voice? can some one explain this answer please?
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12 Dec 2008, 23:14
snowbirdskier wrote:
Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.
A. huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.
B. without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya
C. the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel
D. there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya
E. were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters

Whenever we have a sentence beginning with a phrase (in this case an appositive phrase) the next piece of information should answer any questions you have (typically about the subject)

For example, if a sentence begins with the participle phrase "Sitting on the dock," the next piece of information better answer question "Who is sitting on the dock?"

In this example, we have the phrase "Architects and stonemasons" so the next piece of information better answer the question, "Who were the architects and stonemasons?"
A. Suggests that the palace and temple clusters were the architects and stonemasons (wrong)
B. Wordy and suggests that the palace and temple clusters were the architects and stonemasons (wrong)
C. Good - answers the question (and is concise)
D. Doesn't answer the question "Who were the architects and stonemasons?"
E. Awkward
Re: Confusing   [#permalink] 12 Dec 2008, 23:14
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