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04 Jun 2011, 07:06
This is from GMAT prep test and it is correct question. OG question is little different from this
"It" is not needed hence answer is C
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18 Sep 2012, 00:40
solidcolor wrote:
Yup... The sentence is a bad one.

I took C. Anyone thinks B is the right answer???

Yes B seems to me as the right answer
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24 Mar 2013, 21:27
The correct ans is C. Please edit the OA given in this question.( it is a repetition of OG12/61 with different ans choices)
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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, China’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 took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

A. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them- them is wrong for pointing to Army, also pronoun use is bad here
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it- using it sentence beomes
The Sculpture took Y men 4 hours to complete it.- in the same caluse i can't use one noun two times that too as sub and as obj

C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete

D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete the construction becomes a new IC, we need comma before and . also we need pronoun to refer the THE ARMY

E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 yearswrong construction [/quote]
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20 May 2013, 23:02
sujit2k7 wrote:
The correct ans is C. Please edit the OA given in this question.( it is a repetition of OG12/61 with different ans choices)
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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, China’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 took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

A. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them- them is wrong for pointing to Army, also pronoun use is bad here
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it- using it sentence beomes
The Sculpture took Y men 4 hours to complete it.- in the same caluse i can't use one noun two times that too as sub and as obj

C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete

D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete the construction becomes a new IC, we need comma before and . also we need pronoun to refer the THE ARMY

E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 yearswrong construction
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OA should be B
the explanation of B you give is different than what this sentence means....
The Sculpture ...... complete it - definitely incorrect
but in this sentence: the army .....complete - the army did not complete nothing, it is the artisans who took x time to complete it (building the army)

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This thread seems to have originated from GMAT Prep and then adopted by OG. All the same, the original version seems to be

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, China’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.

But the OA is not A; The actual answer is C, per MGMAT

A. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them – The subject is the army, referring to a collection antiques. It is a collective noun and singular, as corroborated by the verb “is”. Let’s also not mistake “created” for a verb; it is just a past participle. The pronoun “ them”, an object pronoun, is a problem here; it is plural but earlier its referent was verbed by a singular; so, A is out.

B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it – The subject is the army; but the pronoun “it” is redundant; It is good enough to say, that the army took more than 700,000 artisans to complete

C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete --- the subject is again the army and the choice simply skirts the vexing pronoun issue, by altogether dropping it. This is the most concise choice.

D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete------ In this choice, the subject changes to 700,00 artisans and although the clause is perfect technically, still the second clause is not connected to the main theme and one is tempted to ask “to complete what?”

E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years --- them is a wrong pronoun.
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21 May 2013, 05:10
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This thread seems to have originated from GMAT Prep and then adopted by OG. All the same, the original version seems to be

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, China’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.

But the OA is not A; The actual answer is C, per MGMAT

A. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them – The subject is the army, referring to a collection antiques. It is a collective noun and singular, as corroborated by the verb “is”. Let’s also not mistake “created” for a verb; it is just a past participle. The pronoun “ them”, an object pronoun, is a problem here; it is plural but earlier its referent was verbed by a singular; so, A is out.

B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it – The subject is the army; but the pronoun “it” is redundant; It is good enough to say, that the army took more than 700,000 artisans to complete

C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete --- the subject is again the army and the choice simply skirts the vexing pronoun issue, by altogether dropping it. This is the most concise choice.

D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete------ In this choice, the subject changes to 700,00 artisans and although the clause is perfect technically, still the second clause is not connected to the main theme and one is tempted to ask “to complete what?”

E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years --- them is a wrong pronoun.

Sir, can you please help me understand if there is any other issue with choice B apart from the pronoun (which I think is not incorrect but you are right in saying C is more concise than B)
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21 May 2013, 05:34
except for the pronoun issue, I would pass B.
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21 May 2013, 21:29
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Sir, can you please help me understand if there is any other issue with choice B apart from the pronoun (which I think is not incorrect but you are right in saying C is more concise than B)

Well, it is the only difference between B and C. So, if you agree that C is better, then there cannot be anything else wrong in B (except the it): )

By the way, this redundant pronoun phenomenon is actually quite prominently tested. This is from Verbal supplement:

The computer company’s present troubles are a result of techno-logical stagnation, marketing missteps, and managerial blunders that several attempts at revising corporate strategies have failed to correct them.

them is redundant here.

Let me know if you want more official examples of this nature.
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20 Jul 2013, 11:00
Please remove the question as it is not correct and displays an incorrect statistics on the difficulty level
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29 Nov 2013, 08:14
It is similar to this : " The movie "The Simpsons" took 500 people 3 weeks to complete.

'It' is redundant as the subject takes care of 'it' .

The movie "The Simpsons" took 500 people 3 weeks to complete.

this is slightly unclear,

The move "x" took y to complete what?

The move "x" took y to complete music, screening etc, but that?
atleast IT would refer to itself.

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29 Nov 2013, 11:30
I feel "it" used in choice B is redundant.

the army of terra-cotta warriors took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it.
the army of terra-cotta warriors took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete.

It is not correct to say "the project took 100 days to complete it". What did the project complete?
Rather using "the project took 100 days to complete" is right as it implies the project itself took 100 days for completion.

Correct me if I am wrong.
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07 Jan 2014, 01:16
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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, China’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 took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

"the army... is.... and..." that's what you should focus on.

Pronouns at the end are erroneous and redundant, we already know that we're talking about the army, so B gone (also it's a bit ambigous as to what "it" refers to). A is gone right off the bat because it uses plural form.

D has meanings error, the artisants didnt "take" years, it took them x years to complete the army. So D is gone

E has wrong pronoun, erroneously uses "to", and has other problems.

C is clear, concise, to the point and CORRECT!
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10 Jun 2014, 08:47
C Correct. The opening phrase correctly modifies the subject, the army of terra-cotta warriors; the placement of
modifiers and predicates in the main clause makes the meaning of the sentence clear.
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30 Jul 2014, 20:43
q10nik wrote:
Let's strip the sentence down a little:

The army... is <something>... and took <some people> more than 36 years to complete... (it?)

The army took <some people> more than 36 years to complete.
The army took <some people> more than 36 years to complete it.

What does "it" refer to - what was being completed? The army. So the second sentence reads:
The army took some people more than 36 years to complete the army.

Did the army take a certain amount of time to complete itself? No. The army took some time to complete. So we don't want to mention the army again at the end of the sentence.

'it' cannot refer back to army, we use reflexive pronoun 'itself' to refer back to the subject.
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17 Aug 2014, 04:19
is there any problem with the OA. Since it sort of says the army took ... to complete itself.
i go for D.
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03 Nov 2014, 23:27
The question IS WRONGLY TYPED, only magossh Video has The correct version. I just checked and confirmed from the OG13.

The correct version of the question is:

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,
China’s first emperor, in his afterlife is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete
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(A) the army of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000
artisans more than 36 years to complete
(B) Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, was protected in his afterlife by an army of terracotta warriors that was created more than 2,000 years ago by 700,000 artisans who took
more than 36 years to complete it
(C) it took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to create an army of terra-cotta warriors more than 2,000 years ago that would protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife
(D) more than 2,000 years ago, 700,000 artisans worked more than 36 years to create an army of terra-cotta warriors to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife
(E) more than 36 years were needed to complete the army of terra-cotta warriors that 700,000 artisans created 2,000 years ago to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife

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10 Nov 2014, 07:50
Dear E-gmat team,
I have followed the process & the steps involved are as below: Please correct anything where I am missing.

Meaning Analysis;

As per the sentence, there is something which is rivalling the pyramids / ..... as an achievement. That something is creation of army of terra cota warriors to protect in his afterlife of the Chinese emperor & it is this creation that has taken 7 lakhs artisans & more than 36 years to complete. Also this army is 2000 years old.

Error Analysis:

This sentence has only one clause which is

Rivalling 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. China's first emperor, in his afterlife is more than 2000 years old and took 700.000 artisans more than 36 years to complete.

1. Sub Verb Pairs Matches in number.

2. Verb Tense: The sub the army has two verbs : is & took the fact that happened in past is presented using "is " which is incorrect as the army still exists or not is not clear.

Also two tenses presenting actions in past ( more than 2000 yrs old & took 36 years to complete doesn't need a past perfect as they are not related events)

3. Pronous : There is no pronoun error.

4. Modifier: The opening modifier is a verb-ing modifier succeeded by a comma & thus can refer to the subject of the succeeding clause/ subject of the clause. However, as the subject of clause doesn't make any sense here it is referring to the action of the succeeding clause & that action is creation of army that took 7 lakhs artisans & more than 36 years to complete.
The modifiers are placed incorrectly as the opening modifier is referring to the succeeding clause & not the subject of the clause.

5. Meaning Error: Here there is no meaning error as a fact about the past is presented using a present tense combined with a past tense verb.

It is as good as saying " My sword is 2000 years old & it took 3 years to forge." I feel this sentence is equally correct.

PoE:

a. Incorrect due to above reasons

b. Incorrect placement of modifier & implying that the emperor did something which was rivalling. This doesnt makes any sense.
c. that would protect in afterlife is incorrect as it is belief & no element of uncertainty is involved in this.

d. It distorts the meaning as whether the same 7 lak workers created the army is nowhere implied in the sentence.

e. Is the correct sentence, as the opening modifier rightly modifies the succeeding clause of creation of the army & further description of the army's function.
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15 Dec 2014, 03:40
Can some please explain this question??I find it difficult to understand
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Rivaling Eiffel tower in Paris, the statue of liberty created by the french is 300 years old and took 300 builders to complete

Rivaling Eiffel tower in Paris, the statue of liberty created by the french is 300 years old and took 300 builders to complete.

I have underlined the modifier. Now see how the skeletal structure looks like
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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, China’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.

We need took so D and E are out. In A and B, them and it is not clearly referenced. C is very clear.

Best Choice: C

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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, China’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 took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years
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