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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

OA is C.
Could anybody explain why "it" at the end of B is not needed?
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27 Jul 2010, 07:34
B : took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it ------> "it" is pronoun misuse. You don;t need it. Plus if you say "it" should refer to army. However "it" can also refer to Egypt, emperor etc. Choice A has the same problem of pronoun ambiguity. "them" can refer to pyramids (plural)

the army is 2000 years old and took 700000 artisans to complete ---> this is the crux. The rest are just modifiers.

C is correct.

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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

OA is C.
Could anybody explain why "it" at the end of B is not needed?
Thanks.

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27 Jul 2010, 17:32
noboru wrote:
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

OA is C.
Could anybody explain why "it" at the end of B is not needed?
Thanks.

.....the army of of terra-cotta warriors created to protect Qin
Shi Huang ... is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete.

IMO the pronoun 'it' at the end is redundant.
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27 Jul 2010, 20:06
This is a really ambiguous question.. Did you see this question on the paper based SETS question..
My teacher and I had lot of discussion on the choices and we just couldn't come down to a single choice..

While I was in favor of C choice, she suggested B as the answer to this.

However, there is a question very much similar to this on the OG12.. In fact, the question on OG12 is framed correctly..
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29 Jul 2010, 06:41
just guessed it as i have already seen this question
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29 Jul 2010, 11:54
sid4674 wrote:
C is correct.

Could you elaborate on why "it" is not needed?
In other words...whats wrong with B?
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