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# More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Han dynasty unified

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More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Han dynasty unified China, subduing warring tribes and forced the vast territory to adopt a single code of laws.

(A) subduing warring tribes and forced

(B) subduing warring tribes and forcing

(C) subdued warring tribes, and forcing

(D) subdued warring tribes, and it forced

(E) having subdued warring tribes, and they forced

Can somebody explain why OA is B?

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13 Jun 2010, 01:58
This is a parallelism question. Before finding out the exact parallel elements let us look at the verbs.
1. Unify.
2. Subdue.
3. Force.

Now let us see which of the two elements are parallel.
They unified by subduing and forced.
They unified by subduing and forcing.

I think the second one makes more sense because the forcing the territory to adopt a single code of laws comes under process of unification.

So they unified,subduing and forcing.....

Please correct me if I'm wrong

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13 Jun 2010, 05:15
Parallelism is one aspect....nice explanation Vijay.

Another perspective is: unifying, subduing and forcing are not separate actions but they belong to the action of unifying China.

==> by subduing and forcing....., Han dynasty unified China.

That was just another perspective, parallelism is the key to this question though.
Hope it helps.

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23 Jun 2010, 12:36
More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Han dynasty unified China, subduing warring tribes and forced the vast territory to adopt a single code of laws.

(A) subduing warring tribes and forced -

(B) subduing warring tribes and forcing - unified China, by subduing tribes and forcing the territory to adopt a single code - CORRECT

(C) subdued warring tribes, and forcing

(D) subdued warring tribes, and it forced

(E) having subdued warring tribes, and they forced

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23 Jun 2010, 19:53
B for me ..request you not to post the answer with the Question thanx

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