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

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03 Jun 2019, 07:18
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Noburu,

Think of the logic. He's not the one who got completed, he's the Japanese guy who built the warriors. It's the warriors that were completed, and they're plural.

-t

TOM, Could you help me by explaining the question with a logical approach, also, I chose C over B due to redundancy of "it". HOWEVER, I truly believe that it is correctly referring to the collective noun army
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01 Jul 2019, 21:28
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.

Here as I can see GMAT is testing pronoun error.

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

Sub:”the army of terra-cotta warriors” took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete them.

Ok But “the army” is singular, How Them will refer to the army ( them use for plural ) so (WRONG)

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

Again It —> I did not get the logic behind it. Sub is the army and it never refer to the army (WRONG)

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

CORRECT. No issue of pronoun either them or it.

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

Complete what.meaning is changing

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

To complete them? Them is ambiguous to whom its refer. Army ?

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

Ha ha I don’t know the meaning of this. So WRONG
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04 Nov 2019, 18:13
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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

I am having a tough time trying to understand the meaning here. the army.......is more than 2000 years old and took 700,00 artisans more than 36 years to complete. But complete what? The army itself?

generis, Sorry for the tag. I waited for a couple of days but got no response from the community. Can you help me with this one?
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16 Feb 2020, 21:45
solidcolor 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

Edit: This topic is found in earlier versions of OG, such as OG 12. Since then, GMAC has altered this question slightly over the years. The version in OG 2018 is HERE

Can someone please explain the meaning of in his afterlife in the sentence and what it is modifying in the sentence.
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