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Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house

(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses

(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses

(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their styles vary among women and houses
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09 Sep 2007, 09:01
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house

(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses

(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses

(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their styles vary among women and houses

C

B, D, E are all wrong because of the use of "among" to compare two entities.
C keeps the tense consistent.
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09 Sep 2007, 10:09
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house

(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses

(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses

(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their styles vary among women and houses

Some how I came to C though their styles is better than they are in styles.
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09 Sep 2007, 11:00
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house

(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses

(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses

(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their styles vary among women and houses

It's A. In C they refers to Ndebele women
in A => to their geometrical symmetries embellished in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house
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17 Sep 2007, 12:40
Whats the OA,

I went for C initially but I think Vlad is right.
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vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house

(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses

(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses

(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their styles vary among women and houses

I say A.

DE out: uses "with" to refer to women, should be "whose"
B. changes the meaning of the sentence. varying among women and houses? sounds like it varies between only women and houses. This changes the meaning of the original sentence.

C. Use of they is ambigious women or the murals??? also "and they are in styles" seems ungrammatic.
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Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house
(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses
(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house
(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses
(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their styles vary among women and houses
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28 Jul 2009, 03:55
by POE eliminate D and E...will go for option C
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28 Jul 2009, 04:06
C it is. This is the only option maintaining parallelism.

(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house -Not parallel structure. Clause, clause and prepositional phrase
(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses
(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house -Correct
(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses -not parallel structure. Phrase, clause and clause
(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries -same error as in D

btw, E seems to be incomplete
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28 Jul 2009, 07:54
OA is A, SC1000 , couldn't understand why
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28 Jul 2009, 08:21
I would go with A

surely D & E are out of the picture

B is wrong
and their style varies "among" women and houses

C is wrong
and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house

what does "they" refer to?
here we are talking abt art.. and definitely "they" cannot refer to art
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28 Jul 2009, 11:11
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A sounds awkward to me. If we remove the other 2 modifiers and leave the sentence, it will end up in sentence fragmentation.

Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women,......in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.
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28 Jul 2009, 12:13
Even I feel in C they are ambiguous.
they can refer murals as well as geometrical symmetries
I would like to go with A
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28 Jul 2009, 17:23
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503. Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.
(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house
(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses
(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house
(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses
(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries

its between A and C.

'among women and houses' is wrong here so B and D are gone.
E run on sentence?

C looks better than A ..

IMO C.
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29 Jul 2009, 15:59
It should be between A and C. But both of them do not sound parallel to me.

Can some one explain the parallelism here?
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29 Jul 2009, 16:24
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503. Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.
(A) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house
(B) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses
(C) whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and they are in styles that vary from woman to woman and house to house
(D) with murals brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography, and their style varies among women and houses
(E) with murals that are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries

A is the only option that makes sense.

Eliminate D/E due to the clause starting with "with murals"

B and C are both run-on sentences. Especially C...
"Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries are embellished with old and new iconography, and their style is varying among women and houses"

The clause their geometrical symmetries is an independent clause and can't be connected by just a comma.
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17 Dec 2009, 22:24
hi.
Can you help me to understand the following,

Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

Shouldn't it be?
.... xs are colored, ys are embellished....
Where is the second BE?
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hi.
Can you help me to understand the following,

Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

Shouldn't it be?
.... xs are colored, ys are embellished....
Where is the second BE?

sometimes you're allowed to omit verbs on the basis of ellipsis or gaping. Type on Google "grammar ellipsis or grammar gapping" to get some examples, but the basic idea is that you're allowed to omit units at the same level of structure.

Some examples here.

subject + object
One girl has written a poem, and the other [has written] a short story

Smith completed the course in 35 minutes, and Johnson [completed the course] in 37

subject + complement
Jane has looked more healthy, and Maurice [has looked] more relaxed

Roberts won in 1979, and Dingwall in 1980. right
Roberts won in 1979, and Dingwall 1980.wrong here you can't take just omit the in
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21 Dec 2009, 06:27
HI mikeCoolBoy
Can you answer, is it ok to omit TO BE from the passive? I agree that it's ok to omit the verb, but here we have to be+PII
Don't you think that this action could make the sentence ambiguous? Looks like active voice.
...their geometrical symmetries embellished
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embellish is a transitive verb, so you need a direct object if you want to use the active voice. Thus I don't see the ambiguity that you mentioned.
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