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New post 29 Nov 2013, 12:30
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.

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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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Answer is C

Look at the sentence in B: the army of terra-cotta warriors took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it ==> the army of terra-cotta warriors .. This does not make sense! Put them together if you are not convinced: the army of terra-cotta warriors took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete the army of terra-cotta warriors

In C, you avoid such a problem!

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May I know why the option D is incorrect?


In questions that are laden with prepositional phrases, parenthetical elements and modifiers, you need to identify the main subject and verb pair.

To do so, you can ignore, the prep. phrases and modifiers.

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 2000 years old and took 700k artisans more than 36 years to complete them.

(C) took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete
The verb phrases are perfectly parallel and so, this is the correct option.
(D) 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete
The verb phrase is not parallel to the clause.
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the army is the main subject: it took ... to complete. The uses of "it" or "them" after "complete" are all wrong -> eliminate A and B
In contrast, D should have "it" at the end to be correct -> D is out
E has a weird structure that is very likely to be wrong.

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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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New post 04 Nov 2014, 00:27
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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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.



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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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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 The sentence does not need a pronoun.
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it The sentence does not need a pronoun.
C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete Correct
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete This sentence does not have parallelism. "is more... 700,000 artisans"
E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years
The infinitive form (to complete) is incorrect. Has to be parallel with "is".

This question can be broken down into "the army of terra-cotta warriors... is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete."

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For me its C
The army ...is... and...took ( need a verb here)
A, B use it and them that created ambiguity.

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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 -> The army
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it -> it is not required. The X took Y to complete. Took is acting as a modifier about X.
C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete -> Correct
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete -> X is Y and Z took sometime to complete. What? As "Z took sometime to complete" is acting as Independent clause, we need a object to properly convey the meaning.

The bat used by the great Sachin and crafted by workers of the willow factory. -> Make sense
The bat used by the great Sachin and workers of the willow factory crafted-> Forged what?


E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years . Them -> cannot refer to the army.
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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.

Rivaling A or B,
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 - It seems that 'Army' took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years. Pronoun must be It or in even not required in active sentence.
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it - Same as A.
C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete - Same as A
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete - Seems correct.
E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years - Wordy construction. Them is wrong. It is not clear What took 700,000 artisans.

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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.

Rivaling A or B,
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 - It seems that 'Army' took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years. Pronoun must be It or in even not required in active sentence.
B. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it - Same as A.
C. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete - Same as A
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete - Seems correct.
E. to complete them took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years - Wordy construction. Them is wrong. It is not clear What took 700,000 artisans.

OA please......


I correct my IMO...It must be C to maintain parallelism.....
Army IS.........And TOOK.......to complete... :roll:
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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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Answer should be C.
This question tests the parallel structure construction.
Subject of the parallel structure is "the army of TC warriors" (singular).
A is wrong because uses wrong pronoun "them". D and E are wrong because it breaks the parallelism.
B is an interesting one. It says that "the army of TC warriors" took .... to complete it. First error that "it" is not correct objective form. Secondly, this option has a meaning error; it seems that the army is creating itself, and this is not the intended meaning.
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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.



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This sentence states two main facts about the construction of the army of terra-cotta warriors. It also describes the army of terra-cotta warriors.

WHAT ARE THE ERRORS IN THE ORIGINAL SENTENCE?

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.

1) This sentence has one clause as shown. The sentence begins with a modifier “rivaling the pyramids…”.
2) This modifier modifies the subject “army of terra-cotta warriors”. The subject is then followed by another modifier “created to protect…”.
3) This subject has two verbs in parallel construction as shown. These two verbs indicate two facts about the “army of terra-cotta warriors”.
4) In this sentence, the use of pronoun “them” is unnecessary.
5) Furthermore, it does not agree in number with its antecedent. ”Them” refers to the subject of the sentence – “the army”. Since “army” is a collective noun, it is singular and hence the pronoun referring to it should also be singular.
6) Furthermore, the use is redundant as explained below.
7) Lets consider the sentence with only verb 2 and with the pronoun replaced by the noun it refers to:

The army of terra-cotta warriors took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete the army of terra-cotta warriors.
As you can see the noun – army of terra-cotta warriors is unnecessarily repeated. Lets consider a simpler sentence to understand this better.


Process of elimination :-

Choice A: Pronoun redundancy error – "them"
Choice B: Pronoun redundancy error as in Choice A.
Choice C: No Errors
Choice D: Punctuation Error: The structure of this sentence is such that the subject for verb 2 in the original sentence is no longer “the army of terra-cotta warriors”. The subject is “700,000 artisans”. Hence this sentence now has two independent clauses but these are not connected using comma + and. These are connecting using only “and”. This is incorrect.
Choice E: Pronoun error as in Choice A. This choice is similar to choice A. The placement of verb modifier “to complete them” has been changed. Thus, Choice C is the correct answer.
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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, D & E - Can be easily eliminated

Between B and C - "it" in B is redundant

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