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Resembling both a lion and a man, ancient Egyptians constructed the Sphinx nearly 4,000 years ago.


A. Resembling both a lion and

B. Building it to resemble both a lion and

C. Resembling it to both a lion and

D. Having a resemblance to both a lion and

E. Building it to resemble not only a lion and also

Originally posted by archbarc on 27 Aug 2010, 05:50.
Last edited by Bunuel on 20 Sep 2018, 22:24, edited 4 times in total.
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Resembling both a lion and a man, ancient Egyptians constructed the Sphinx nearly 4,000 years ago.

A) Resembling both a lion and
B) Building it to resemble both a lion and
C) Resembling it to both a lion and
D) Having a resemblance to both a lion and
E) Building it to resemble not only a lion and also

OE:
(B) CORRECT. By including the singular pronoun “it,” the introductory phrase refers to the singular “the Sphinx” rather than the plural “ancient Egyptians.”


Hi, can anyone explain why the answer is the right choice, please


The opening modifier is modifying 'ancient Egyptians'

Now A,C and D would mean that it were the ancient Egyptians who resembled like a man and a lion.

B and E would mean that it were the ancient Egyptians who built it.

E is wrong because 'not only' needs to have a 'but also' too. Which isn't there in choice E. Hence B.

I hope it's clear. you can PM me if you need clarifications. : )
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goodyear2013 wrote:
Resembling both a lion and a man, ancient Egyptians constructed the Sphinx nearly 4,000 years ago.

A) Resembling both a lion and
B) Building it to resemble both a lion and
C) Resembling it to both a lion and
D) Having a resemblance to both a lion and
E) Building it to resemble not only a lion and also

OE:
(B) CORRECT. By including the singular pronoun “it,” the introductory phrase refers to the singular “the Sphinx” rather than the plural “ancient Egyptians.”


Hi, can anyone explain why the answer is the right choice, please



isn't the phrase " resembling it" implies that Egyptians constructed it to resemble sth, and thus went for C being concise than B and usage of correct modifier.
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goodyear2013 wrote:
Resembling both a lion and a man, ancient Egyptians constructed the Sphinx nearly 4,000 years ago.

A) Resembling both a lion and
B) Building it to resemble both a lion and
C) Resembling it to both a lion and
D) Having a resemblance to both a lion and
E) Building it to resemble not only a lion and also

OE:
(B) CORRECT. By including the singular pronoun “it,” the introductory phrase refers to the singular “the Sphinx” rather than the plural “ancient Egyptians.”


Hi, can anyone explain why the answer is the right choice, please



isn't the phrase " resembling it" implies that Egyptians constructed it to resemble sth, and thus went for C being concise than B and usage of correct modifier.


Alex,

"resembling it to lion" conveys an illogical meaning. I can 'build something to resemble a lion' but i cannot 'resemble it to a lion'. The difference might be subtle but it is conveying the wrong meaning. Plus it is unidiomatic.

eg.

The house resembling a mansion was built by alex.

vs.

The house resembling to a mansion was built by alex.

Do you follow how 'to' makes it unidiomatic?

Egyptians built pyramids resembling a lion

vs

Egyptians built pyramids resembling to a lion.

As you yourself said 'Egyptians constructed it to resemble sth' and not 'Egyptians resembled it TO sth'.

You could PM me if this doesn't make it clear to you. : )
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archbarc wrote:
Resembling both a lion and a man, ancient Egyptians constructed the Sphinx nearly 4,000 years ago.


1. Resembling both a lion and
ing+comma modifies either the preceding clause or the the preceding noun. stated in this way, we can deduct that ancient egyptians resemble both a lion and a man. that is not correct.

2. Building it to resemble both a lion and
this choice changes the meaning of the sentence, which is the correct one. it removes the ambiguity and clearly modifies the preceding clause, explaining how they constructed the Sphinx.

3. Resembling it to both a lion and
modifier error as in A.

4. Having a resemblance to both a lion and
modifier error as in A.

5. Building it to resemble not only a lion and also
this answer choice introduces a new error. the correct idiom is not only X but also Y.
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archbarc wrote:
Resembling both a lion and a man, ancient Egyptians constructed the Sphinx nearly 4,000 years ago.

A. Resembling both a lion and
B. Building it to resemble both a lion and
C. Resembling it to both a lion and
D. Having a resemblance to both a lion and
E. Building it to resemble not only a lion and also


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In the original sentence, the introductory adjective phrase “resembling both a lion and a man” incorrectly describes “ancient Egyptians.” When in doubt, an introductory modifier describes the first available noun after it. The underlined portion of the sentence must be altered to ensure that “the Sphinx” rather than “ancient Egyptians” is properly modified.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) CORRECT. By including the singular pronoun “it,” the introductory phrase refers to the singular “the Sphinx” rather than the plural “ancient Egyptians.”

(C) In this choice, “resembling it to” is awkward and ungrammatical.

(D) In this choice, the introductory phrase incorrectly describes “ancient Egyptians” rather than “the Sphinx.” When in doubt, an introductory modifier describes the first available noun after it.

(E) Although this choice corrects the modifier error by including the singular pronoun “it,” it uses the unidiomatic “not only a lion and also a man.” The proper idiom is “not only X but also Y.”
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I chose option C, and I realize that "resembling to" is unidiomatic but doesnt option B introduce redundancy by using building and constructed both?
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A. Resembling both a lion and -- lion and man is for Sphinx not egyptian- OUT

B. Building it to resemble both a lion and -Correct usage

C. Resembling it to both a lion and -Same as A

D. Having a resemblance to both a lion and -Same as A modifying egyptian instead of Sphinx

E. Building it to resemble not only a lion and also- Not only .. but also is not correctly used
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push12345 wrote:
A. Resembling both a lion and -- lion and man is for Sphinx not egyptian- OUT

B. Building it to resemble both a lion and -Correct usage

C. Resembling it to both a lion and -Same as A

D. Having a resemblance to both a lion and -Same as A modifying egyptian instead of Sphinx

E. Building it to resemble not only a lion and also- Not only .. but also is not correctly used


But what about the reduncancy introduced because of "building" and "constructed" both used in the sentence.
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push12345 wrote:
A. Resembling both a lion and -- lion and man is for Sphinx not egyptian- OUT

B. Building it to resemble both a lion and -Correct usage

C. Resembling it to both a lion and -Same as A

D. Having a resemblance to both a lion and -Same as A modifying egyptian instead of Sphinx

E. Building it to resemble not only a lion and also- Not only .. but also is not correctly used


But what about the reduncancy introduced because of "building" and "constructed" both used in the sentence.



Hi singh8891

This is typically a modifier tested problem.we need a modifier to modify egyptians but resembling lion or man is modifier for Sphinx
As resembling lion and man cant modify egyptians.
It is logical to modify the correct entity.Hope it helps

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