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# Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient cities of

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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 2000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36yrs to comeplete them

a. same
b. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 yrs to complete it
c. took 700,000 artisans more than 36 yrs to complete
d. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 yrs to complte
e. to complete them too 700,000 ..bla bla bs

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06 Sep 2004, 13:34
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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06 Sep 2004, 13:43
oa is B.. good job on the explanation

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06 Sep 2004, 13:43
I agree that B is the answer.

I would use "it" too based on that it took 700 artisans to complet it.

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25 Aug 2013, 10:47
2013gmat wrote:
Hi, can you explain why a is correct ?
i reject it because of the bold phrase(highlighted)

Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt or even the ancient cities of the Maya s 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.

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.
Correct.
- The main subject is "the army of terra-cotta warriors" which is collective noun ==> singular.
- You do not need to repeat pronoun "it" after complete because it creates redundant error (X took 700,000 artisans more than 36 year to complete X) <== redundant.
- Other options commit to Modifier problem. Please see the beginning of the sentence. "Rivaling the pyramids.." what rivals the pyramids ==> Should be "the army of terra-cotta".

B. Qin Shi huang, China's first emperor, was protected in his afterlife by an army of terra-cotta warriors that was created more than 2,000 years ago by 700,000 artisans who took more than 36 years to complete it.
Wrong.
- Modifier problem: "Rivaling the pyramids.." what rivals the pyramids ==> Should be "the army of terra-cotta", NOT "Qin Shi Huang"
- "it" at the end is redundant. X (an army) that was created by Y who took more than 36 years to complete X <== "X" is not necessary.

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.
Wrong.
- Modifier problem: "Rivaling the pyramids.." what rivals the pyramids ==> Should be "the army of terra-cotta", NOT "it".
- it took X 36 years to create Y (an army) more than 2000 years THAT would....... <== awkward.
- Misplace modifier "that".

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.
Wrong.
- Modifier problem: "Rivaling the pyramids.." what rivals the pyramids ==> Should be "the army of terra-cotta", NOT 700,000 artisans.

E. more than 36 years were needed to complete the army of terra-cotta warrios that 700,000 artisans created 2,000 years ago to protect Qin Shi huang, China's first emperor, in his afterlife.
Wrong.
- Modifier problem: "Rivaling the pyramids.." what rivals the pyramids ==> Should be "the army of terra-cotta", NOT "more than 36 years"

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