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Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narratives recorded by missionaries or anthropologists now understand this body of work to consist of both oral literatures and the written works of Native American authors, who have been publishing since 1772.

A. Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narratives
B. Scholars thinking of Native American literatures once solely as oral narratives, and
C. Scholars who once had thought of Native American literatures solely as oral narratives and
D. Native American literatures, which some scholars once thought were solely oral narratives
E. Native American literatures, which some scholars once, thinking they were solely oral narratives
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10 Jul 2008, 08:17
I am with A

..once thought.... were.. is a logical construction.

"and" in the end makes the sentence illogical B & C are out

D & E are wordy
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10 Jul 2008, 09:59
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I am with A

..once thought.... were.. is a logical construction.

"and" in the end makes the sentence illogical B & C are out

D & E are wordy

There is more to it.

D and E have modifier issues. Its the scholars who understand not the Literature.

"and " in B and C change sthe meaning of teh sentence
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10 Jul 2008, 10:00
OA is A
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10 Jul 2008, 10:29
can someone please explain A in the below regards.

Arent we missing a "that" in the sentence

Scholars who once thought (that) Native American literatures were solely oral narratives

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can someone please explain A in the below regards.

Arent we missing a "that" in the sentence

Scholars who once thought (that) Native American literatures were solely oral narratives

We dont need a relative pronoun here.

Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narratives
recorded by missionaries or anthropologists now understand this body of work to
consist of both oral literatures and the written works of Native American authors, who
have been publishing since 1772.

Scholars who once thought X were Y now understand Z to consist of P and Q.
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02 Feb 2009, 13:55
Isn't the idiom think of x as y or thought of x as y?
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02 Feb 2009, 20:29
I think both 'think of x as y' and 'thought of x as y' are correct.

The word 'once' in the sentence indicates 'thought' is the appropriate word
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02 Feb 2009, 20:59
icandy is right!

But here we cannot categorize this sentence under the idiom think x as y. then in that case X and Y are not parellel.
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02 Feb 2009, 21:16
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I think both 'think of x as y' and 'thought of x as y' are correct.

The word 'once' in the sentence indicates 'thought' is the appropriate word

I am asking about why A is correct inspite of the wrong idiom. I understand that tense does not make it unidiomatic
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02 Feb 2009, 23:10
In my opinion, it all comes down to the 'best choice' possible.

If you look at answer choices, you can see that one of the answer chocies(C) tries to address this idiom issue. In the real exam, one really cannot make out whether the issue is with the idiom or with the modifier and decide which one is better.

If found wanting to choose between a choice with modifier issue and a choice with incorrect idiom I'll choose the later. Because, modifiers have some serious issues and end up changing the meaning of the sentence. An answer choice with an incorrect idiom and which keeps the meaning intact is a lot better

Again, looking at the answer choices, it boils down to A and C. C is confusingly awakward and changes the meaning. That's why A is correct.

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03 Feb 2009, 01:22
I think, it is not a question of idiom. Rather, it is a question of relative pronoun.

Try replacing "thought" with say "read" or "wrote" and still the sentence will make sense.
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31 Aug 2010, 09:46
this one has not been clarified yet.
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21 Apr 2011, 04:54
it seems to correct the idiom (think of X as..)
Coudl anybody clarify?
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I will vote for A and not D because

Ans choice A

Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narratives recorded by missionaries or anthropologists now understand this body of work to consist of both oral literatures and the written works of Native American authors, who have been publishing since 1772.

main Clause -
Scholars {subordinate clause} now understand this body of work to consist of both oral literatures and the written works of Native American authors
subject: Scholars
Verb: understand

subordinate clause -
who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narratives recorded by missionaries or anthropologists
Subject: Who --> refers to Scholars from main clause
verb: were

the verb-ed modifer "recorded" refers to narratives

Subordinate clause -
who have been publishing since 1772 - Here "who" refers to the Scholars
Subject: Who refers to Scholars from the main clause
Verb: have been publishing

Ans Choice D

Native American literatures, which some scholars once thought were solely oral narratives recorded by missionaries or anthropologists now understand this body of work to consist of both oral literatures and the written works of Native American authors, who have been publishing since 1772.

main clause -
Native American literatures, {subordinate clause} now understand this body of work to consist of both oral literatures and the written works of Native American authors
subject - Native American literatures
verb - understand
Native American literatures understand -> wrong doesnot make sense

subordinate clause -
which some scholars once thought were solely oral narratives recorded by missionaries or anthropologists
Subject - Which - refers to Native American literatures from main clause
verb - were

subordinate clause -
who have been publishing since 1772
subject - who - refers to Native American literatures from main clause
verb - works
Native American literatures works -> wrong doesnot make sense
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The problem is not either with the relative pronoun –that - or idiom -. It has more to do with modification of oral narratives and the way it is conjugated with its modifier - recorded by …….- You can not conjugate this modifier with its modified noun- narratives - with an and. .

A. Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narratives --- The modified noun sitting pretty next to its modifier is properly modified Hence correct.
B. Scholars thinking of Native American literatures once solely as oral narratives, and--- the conjunction –and- is the culprit. It is not allowing the modifier to modify the noun
C. Scholars who once had thought of Native American literatures solely as oral narratives and – same as in B. In addition, no justification for past perfect here.
D. Native American literatures, which some scholars once thought were solely oral narratives – changed meaning
E. Native American literatures, which some scholars once, thinking they were solely oral narratives – changed meaning

Therefore A is the best
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i was between a and d,and selected D,can somebody please explain why D isn't correct
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Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narrativesrecorded by missionaries or anthropologists now understand this body of work to consist of both oral literatures and the written works of Native American authors, who have been publishing since 1772.

SUBJECT- SCHOLORS....... VERB - UNDERSTAND
INCORRECT PORTIONS HIGHLIGHTED....

A. Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were solely oral narratives....CORRECT

B. Scholars thinking of Native American literatures once solely as oral narratives, and

C. Scholars who oncehad thought of Native American literatures solely as oral narratives and

D. Native American literatures, which some scholars once thought were solely oral narratives

E. Native American literatures, which some scholars once, thinking they were solely oral narratives
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Great explanation from Kuttingchai..!
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