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# Sentence Correction from paper base gmat

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Sentence Correction from paper base gmat [#permalink]

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24 Aug 2006, 07:02
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, Chinaâ€™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 too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

Hi can someone please explain why the answer is B and not C? Thanks

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24 Aug 2006, 07:08
Since this is a very long sentence, try looking at only the relevant parts: The army of terra-cotta warriors ... took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete it.

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Re: Sentence Correction from paper base gmat [#permalink]

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24 Aug 2006, 07:10
hmmmm... tough...

"the painting took me 10 years to complete". here, he army is the painting, and 700,000 is me; no "it" required.
You sure that the OA is C?
may be cause there are 2 clauses: "it is 2000 old and [it] took me... to do it". the second bracketed "it" is kinda assumed?

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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, Chinaâ€™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 too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

Hi can someone please explain why the answer is B and not C? Thanks

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24 Aug 2006, 07:10
Hi,

Yeah but still looks right even without the it hehe

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24 Aug 2006, 07:10
Sure, to clarify what took 36 years to build. The army of terra cotta warriors or the ancient pyramids???

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24 Aug 2006, 07:11
Oh I see. Wow thanks

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24 Aug 2006, 09:32
Removing the modifiers and non-essential part the sentence becomes.

The army of terra-cotta warriors 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 : (Complete what???)
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete: Not ||
E. to complete them too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years: Also awkward
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24 Aug 2006, 10:12
ps_dahiya wrote:
Removing the modifiers and non-essential part the sentence becomes.

The army of terra-cotta warriors 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 : (Complete what???)
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete: Not ||
E. to complete them too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years: Also awkward

great explanation
gree with B
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24 Aug 2006, 10:29
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24 Aug 2006, 11:13
apollo168 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, Chinaâ€™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 too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years

Hi can someone please explain why the answer is B and not C? Thanks

Hi guys the OA is B

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02 Sep 2006, 13:45
ps_dahiya wrote:
Removing the modifiers and non-essential part the sentence becomes.

The army of terra-cotta warriors 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 : (Complete what???)
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete: Not ||
E. to complete them too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years: Also awkward

But what is wrong with:

The army of terra-cotta warriors is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete.

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02 Sep 2006, 16:17
B. the army.....it seems seriously wrong- the army is both the subject and the complement. I much prefer C

We say "This painting took John six years to complete" without 'it' at the end.

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02 Sep 2006, 23:21
mailtheguru wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Removing the modifiers and non-essential part the sentence becomes.

The army of terra-cotta warriors 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 : (Complete what???)
D. 700,000 artisans took more than 36 years to complete: Not ||
E. to complete them too 700,000 artisans more than 36 years: Also awkward

But what is wrong with:

The army of terra-cotta warriors is more than 2,000 years old and took 700,000 artisans more than 36 years to complete.

Sentence seems incomplete. "to complete" what?????
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06 Sep 2006, 14:49
I don't really agree with the OA here.

Complete "it" seems unnecessary.

It took the cake 5 hours to bake.
It took the cake 5 hours to bake it.

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09 Oct 2006, 14:11
Futuristic wrote:
I don't really agree with the OA here.

Complete "it" seems unnecessary.

It took the cake 5 hours to bake.
It took the cake 5 hours to bake it.

OA is C

"it" in B is redundant

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09 Oct 2006, 14:46
jerrywu wrote:
Futuristic wrote:
I don't really agree with the OA here.

Complete "it" seems unnecessary.

It took the cake 5 hours to bake.
It took the cake 5 hours to bake it.

OA is C

"it" in B is redundant

Is it really a good example with the cake? The sentence with the army is quite different.

It should be : the cake took 1 baker to bake (what? it).

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10 Oct 2006, 04:47
i for C.

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10 Oct 2006, 07:53
jerrywu wrote:
Futuristic wrote:
I don't really agree with the OA here.

Complete "it" seems unnecessary.

It took the cake 5 hours to bake.
It took the cake 5 hours to bake it.

OA is C

"it" in B is redundant

What is the OA really? B or C?

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10 Oct 2006, 09:52
What makes "them" wrong, is there an actual grammar rule?

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28 Jun 2007, 09:49
C or maybe B ?!!!???!!!

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