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Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient cities of the Maya as an achievement, the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, Chinaâ€™s first emperor, in his afterlife is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them.

a)took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them

b)took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it

c)took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete

d)700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete

e)to complete them too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

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30 Jan 2005, 09:41
(C)

The army of terra-cotta warriors is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete.

the "them" and "it" (A) and (B) is wrong. (C) and (D) are complete sentences that we don't need here.
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30 Jan 2005, 10:01
Consider this:
"The book took me two days to finish".
Or do you say
"The book took me two days to finish it." ?

I say the first.
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30 Jan 2005, 10:16
"D".

I think only options r "C" and "D". I don't like "C" because it seems that the sentence is comparing 36 yrs with number of artisans, D however, compares the time took by artisans with 36 yrs.

Have to agree that I don't like the construct of the non-underlined part.
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30 Jan 2005, 10:20

"The book took me more than two days to finish."

And

"The book me took more than two days to finish."
(Sounds like the cookie monster, "Cucumbers! Me love that crunch." ;))
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31 Jan 2005, 03:08
The OA is C.

But I don't know why D is wrong.
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31 Jan 2005, 07:38
D says the army ... is more than 2,000 years old and 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete them.

It's equivalent to say: This book is cool and me took 2 days to finish.
Compared to: This book is cool and took me 2 days to finish.
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04 Feb 2005, 08:24
HongHu wrote:
D says the army ... is more than 2,000 years old and 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete them.

It's equivalent to say: This book is cool and me took 2 days to finish.
Compared to: This book is cool and took me 2 days to finish.

Hello, HongHu, as you said, I think it should be "This book is cool and I took 2 days to finish." It is subject I instead of objective me.

So, I still don't know why D is wrong?
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04 Feb 2005, 09:58
You could say "This book is hard, and I took two days to finish it." But note you'd need the "it" in the end. Also it is idomatic to say "it takes sb some time to do something."
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04 Feb 2005, 11:07
My Pick would be C. It doesn't perfectly refer to Army over here.
the army created to protect... and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete( Its parallel).
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01 Jun 2005, 19:19
OA is given as B in one of the threads and C in another.

Now, the OA that I have for this is B, whereas Paul's and Hong's explanation in one of the threads seems to suggest that C is fine.

I am not clear whether "it" should be used at the end of the sentence.

Paul, Hong or SC (SuperCat): could you please clarify this?
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01 Jun 2005, 19:29
a)took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them
- 'them' refers illogically to artisans

b)took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it
- 'it' has no referent

c)took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete
- I'll go with this

d)700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete

e)to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

I'm not sure what's wrong with D and E, but they just dont sound right to me.

I'll with C on this one. What's the source of this question ? I'll see if I have the material and try to locate the OA. No promises though...
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01 Jun 2005, 19:59
My pick is "B" because "it" kind of completes the sentence.
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01 Jun 2005, 20:00
HongHu wrote:
Consider this:
"The book took me two days to finish".
Or do you say
"The book took me two days to finish it." ?

I say the first.

Vithal, this example from HongHu is just perfect. B cannot be the answer because the "it" is superfluous.
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01 Jun 2005, 20:03
Paul wrote:
HongHu wrote:
Consider this:
"The book took me two days to finish".
Or do you say
"The book took me two days to finish it." ?

I say the first.

Vithal, this example from HongHu is just perfect. B cannot be the answer because the "it" is superfluous.

Paul, here is an explanation in one of the threads which has led to my confusion:

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B is the best answer. You can remove all the extraneous information and summarize the correction sentence to:

"The army of terra-cotta warriors took 700K partisans more than 36 years to complete it."

The other option might have been the one which leaves it out. However, compare the following:

(1) The city bridge took 5 years to complete.

(2) The city bridge took the municipal employees 5 years to complete it.

Our situation falls into category (2).

In colloquial terms, it may be okay to omit the it at the end, but, in formal/written language, you'd almost always have to keep it. Since you've introduced a new subject (partisans) in the sentence, a transitive verb for this subject (complete) should be rounded off with a proper object (it).

BTW, I'm assuming that the "army of terra-cota warriors" is a structure.
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01 Jun 2005, 20:05
also, with the sentence in its current state, I feel that "for completion" would be more appropriate than "to complete"
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01 Jun 2005, 20:35
Vithal wrote:
also, with the sentence in its current state, I feel that "for completion" would be more appropriate than "to complete"

This is just a matter of using a prepositional phrase vs an infinitive phrase and each would be just as good. As for what was said by intrepid, I would have to disagree with it.

Just break down intrepid's sentence:

The city bridge took the municipal employees 5 years to complete [it]

In red is the indirect object and in blue is the direct object. Should you remove the indirect object or not, it does not change the fact that personal pronoun "it" is superfluous since in this simple sentence, we already have a noun-subject and there is no such need.
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01 Jun 2005, 20:39
Thank you Paul!
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10 Aug 2005, 16:59
C is just ok. need verb to make the sentence parallel.

D is not parallel becasue it starts with noun, 700,000 artisans. it ambigious because it only says "700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete" but doesnot say what is completed?
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14 Sep 2005, 09:27
In the non-underlined portion of the sentence you can see that "army of X .... is" this indicates that collective noun is utilized thus in the underlined portion should unambiguously refer to that collective noun.
Choice A and E contains them thus can be given away with those options.
Regarding other choice please refer to Honghu and paul posts.
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