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# Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D,

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Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D, 581-618). the Altar of Heaven is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1.000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, it is the only altar found so far that predates the Qing dynasty (A.D. 1644-1912).

A. Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618), the Altar of Heaven is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, it is
B. Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618), the Altar of Heaven, the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, is more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and is
C. The Altar of Heaven, having been constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, is more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and
D. The Altar of Heaven, which was constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and is
E. The oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, the Altar of Heaven, which was constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and is
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More than anything else, the given topic is a classic example of how stylistic errors such as run-ons and fragments can play havoc in written communications, if one is not aware of the basic sentence patterns. Let us analyze the choices one by one

A. Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618), the Altar of Heaven is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, it is --This is a run-on; The first independent clause ends in Beijing and the second part is started without proper conjugation such as a conjunction

B. Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618), the Altar of Heaven, the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, is more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and is ---- correct choice; is more than 1,000 years older and is – each arm of the compound clause has a verb of its own

C) The Altar of Heaven, having been constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, is more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and ----- is more than 1000 years older and --- missing the verb for the second part and hence a fragment

D. The Altar of Heaven, which was constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and is ---The first part which includes a subordinate clause within it, lacks the all important main verb; hence a fragment

E. The oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, the Altar of Heaven, which was constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and is --- The first part for which the Altar of Heaven is the subject, lacks the verb – a fragment.

This is an excellent practice question; Kudos to its poster for his selection
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25 Jul 2008, 03:57
B for me. It is the only choice that has the proper modifiers and does not change the meaning of the sentence.
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03 Jul 2013, 05:50
What is the difficulty level of this question? Took a while to solve this one!
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03 Jul 2013, 10:54
Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D, 581-618). the Altar of Heaven is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1.000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, it is the only altar found so far that predates the Qing dynasty (A.D. 1644-1912).

A. Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618), the Altar of Heaven is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, it is

RUN ON

B. Constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618), the Altar of Heaven, the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, is more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and is

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C. The Altar of Heaven, having been constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, is more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and

MIDDLE SENTENCE MISSES A VERB
D. The Altar of Heaven, which was constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and is the oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing and is
MAIN VERB MISSING

E. The oldest known altar used in Chinese state religious practice, more than 1,000 years older than a similar one in Beijing, the Altar of Heaven, which was constructed at least as early as the Sui dynasty (A.D. 581-618) and is

MAIN VERB MISSING
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23 Jan 2020, 12:18
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