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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 soley oral narratives

B) Scholars thinking of Native American listeratures 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 soley oral narratives

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I narrowed it down to 2 answer choices (which i'll post after some discussion). I'm sure most people will narrow it down to 2 Answer Choices. I'd like to know why you chose one over the other.
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20 Aug 2004, 08:27

I feel "were" in first sentence refers to "Scholars".
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20 Aug 2004, 10:35
gmataquaguy wrote:
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 literature were soley oral narratives

B) Scholars thinking of Native American listeratures 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 soley oral narratives

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I narrowed it down to 2 answer choices (which i'll post after some discussion). I'm sure most people will narrow it down to 2 Answer Choices. I'd like to know why you chose one over the other.

I think it is A. The "had" is not necessary(C). For 'had', we need to have two events that the first happened prior to the second one and both happened in the past. As in this case, scholars once thought [...] and now understand ...
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20 Aug 2004, 12:47
For the people who chose "A" can you elaborate on why you eliminated "D". Grammatically what is wrong with D?
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gmataquaguy wrote:
For the people who chose "A" can you elaborate on why you eliminated "D". Grammatically what is wrong with D?

Becaues D seems to imply that Native American literatures are 'now understanding', when its the scholars who are now understanding.
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20 Aug 2004, 13:14
Good Call. Nice catch SigEPUCI.......

THis makes perfect sense.
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20 Aug 2004, 16:05
The OA is A. I see/understand my folly.....Thanks for the explanation.
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21 Apr 2011, 04:51
My issue with the OA, which is A, is that I thought that the idiom was think of X as Y. Becasuse of that I went with B.
Could 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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28 Jun 2012, 08:33
noboru wrote:
My issue with the OA, which is A, is that I thought that the idiom was think of X as Y. Becasuse of that I went with B.
Could anybody clarify?
Thanks.

Hi Noboru,

You are correct about the idiom that reads “think of X as Y”. However, this sentence is not using this idiom. Let’s look at the sentence structure 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.

If you carefully read the portion after “thought” you will see we have a clause there that reads:
Native American literatures were solely oral narratives recorded by missionaries or anthropologists

Here, Native American literatures is the subject and “were” is the verb. What is not present here is a “that” to separate this clause with the previous clause “who once thought”. This “that” is not present here because we really do not need it there.

Generally, we find the error with usage of the idiom you have mentioned in the sense that the wording is made incorrect, say “as” has been turned into “to be”, or something similar. Here, through a clause the sentence is saying what the scholars thought once.

Hope this helps.
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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 - thinking - refers to scholars and recorded - refers to NAL (sounds weird)
C. Scholars who once had thought of Native American literatures solely as oral narratives and- had thought - refers to scholars and recorded - refers to NAL (sounds weird)
D. Native American literatures, which some scholars once thought were solely oral narratives - subject is literature here - should be scholars
E. Native American literatures, which some scholars once, thinking they were solely oral narratives - subject is literature here - should be scholars
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gmataquaguy wrote:
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 soley oral narratives

B) Scholars thinking of Native American listeratures 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 soley oral narratives

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Questions:

I narrowed it down to 2 answer choices (which i'll post after some discussion). I'm sure most people will narrow it down to 2 Answer Choices. I'd like to know why you chose one over the other.

we can not know the pattern "understand something to do"
but focus on meaning not to use this strange patterns
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