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# Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which

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Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

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Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

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Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

From the current sentence structure is is little bit difficult to understand intended meaning of the sentence.
What took him over 17 years? The book? The travel? Took what? We need some action verb / infinitive to complete "took complete"

So let's see other answer choices to find out intended meaning of the sentence.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years

(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(without pronoun "him", seems "which" modidies "Il Milione", but this is illogical, book cannot take 17 years to travel, also we need some action verb / infinitive to complete "took complete")

(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
("which" again modifies "Il Milione", but "Il Milione" cannot take 17 years, take what? we need some action verb / infinitive to complete "took complete")

(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione
("which having taken" is incorrect, it implies that Polo having taken 17 years travelled around the world...)

(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
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Marco Polo's travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

One possible choice:
F) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years to write

My question: I think, this question is history based about Marco Polo's life. If test takers' think in F that "it took 17 yrs to write the book Il Milione, then what's the wrong with the test takers' thinking? I mean: is it necessary to know history to solve the SC in GMAT? Thanks__
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Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

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Official Explanation:

The offending pronoun in this sentence is a relative pronoun: which. It is unclear whether which refers to travels or to book. Did his travels take 17 years to complete, or did the book take 17 years to complete? Currently, the pronoun is situated next to the name of the book, so it appears to be referencing the book. However, the infinitive to complete is needed on the end of the relative clause, and only Choice (C) makes this correction. It also corrects an implied pronoun and moves the relative clause to correctly refer to travels.
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05 Apr 2019, 13:35
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Marco Polo's travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

One possible choice:
F) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years to write

My question: I think, this question is history based about Marco Polo's life. If test takers' think in F that "it took 17 yrs to write the book Il Milione, then what's the wrong with the test takers' thinking? I mean: is it necessary to know history to solve the SC in GMAT? Thanks__

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06 Apr 2019, 11:49
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Of course, there is no choice F.

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One possible choice:
F) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years to write

Indeed, your proposed choice F is grammatically correct, but has a different (yet still plausible) meaning.

It is no accident that your proposed choice is not an actual answer choice for this question.

GMAT would never ask you to choose between two grammatically correct answers with equally plausible & logical meanings.
No, you do not need to know a historical fact like how long Marco Polo spent on his travels. You may need to make a very basic and logical inference, like that the ancient Greeks are not still alive today , but you would never need to know something like the dates of the classical Greek civilization.

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Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

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jennpt,
Thanks for your feedback. One more question:
In this SC, the correct choice is .
Q:
Why the pronoun (him) of Polo is not being used in C?
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06 Apr 2019, 12:51
jennpt wrote:

Of course, there is no choice F.

Quote:
One possible choice:
F) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years to write

Indeed, your proposed choice F is grammatically correct, but has a different (yet still plausible) meaning.

It is no accident that your proposed choice is not an actual answer choice for this question.

GMAT would never ask you to choose between two grammatically correct answers with equally plausible & logical meanings.
No, you do not need to know a historical fact like how long Marco Polo spent on his travels. You may need to make a very basic and logical inference, like that the ancient Greeks are not still alive today , but you would never need to know something like the dates of the classical Greek civilization.

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Can I replace the choice E with choice F for a little bit?

Quote:
Marco Polo's travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years to write

According to you, C and E both are correct for their meaning and grammar issue. This SC has a specific history, right? If this is the case, E can't be a good contender! But, my question again: As a test taker ( I'm talking about me who has a little knowledge on history) how do I select the correct choice between C and E?
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08 Apr 2019, 06:20

I don't think you fully digested the meaning of my previous post. GMAT would never ask you to choose between two grammatically correct answers with equally plausible & logical meanings. You would never see a GMAT question that proposes both C and your version of E. There would not be a strong basis for a choice between these two, and as I said, GMAT does not presuppose knowledge of fairly detailed historical facts. End of story.

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Why the pronoun (him) of Polo is not being used in C?

Note that the original sentence has "Marco Polo’s" ... it does not actually have "Marco Polo" by himself, as a noun.
In "Marco Polo's", it's like Mr. Polo has become an adjective, there only to describe the travels. He is not available as an antecedent (reference point) for a pronoun like him or he.

This is an important point that you could easily see in other SC questions, so it's good to be clear on the rule.

Hope this helps.
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08 Apr 2019, 09:52
After posting my previous post, i felt that you've already answered my question! Thanks for clarifying again.
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08 Apr 2019, 13:59
jennpt wrote:

Quote:
Why the pronoun (him) of Polo is not being used in C?

Note that the original sentence has "Marco Polo’s" ... it does not actually have "Marco Polo" by himself, as a noun.
In "Marco Polo's", it's like Mr. Polo has become an adjective, there only to describe the travels. He is not available as an antecedent (reference point) for a pronoun like him or he.

This is an important point that you could easily see in other SC questions, so it's good to be clear on the rule.

Hope this helps.

jennpt
Oops! I did a great mistake in my own proposed version by using *him* in the last part of the sentence! I must use *Marco Polo* instaed of *him*, right?

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