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On this topic, interestingly, I found four different transcriptions of the original test, essentially in the portion that is underlined, in as many different forums for a question that is from GPREP. Which one should we follow?

1 Urch version

The Anasazi settlements of Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scare with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each were connected by a complex regional system of roads. (note tht there is no comma after each)

2. Beat the GMAT version

The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads. (note the comma after each)

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The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.

4. Manhattan version

The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.
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Guys in my book, it has the following form; notice that there is a comma after scale in the original question. And that's what confuses me. If there was no comma, the answer is easily B though.

Any comment?

The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.

A. scale,with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
B. scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
C. scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
D. scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
E. scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each had been

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1. The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.
A. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
B. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
C. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
D. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
E. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms each had been

can someone explain the answer?

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straightway B..................!!!!!
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1. The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.
A. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
B. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
C. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
D. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
E. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms each had been

I did not get the answer.Please help

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Good question to brush up but you are requested to underline the sentence to be corrected as it will be easier to eliminate the ACs.
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1. The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.
A. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were (No subject of Were) : wrong
B. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, : Correct ( Were has been omiitted ."connected by a complex regional system of roads " correctly modify the "600 rooms each"
C. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been ( No two past events here occurring in diiferent time frame in past and starting with "of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms" changes the intended meaning n makes it ambiguous) :wrongD. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each ( same error discussed in C and and "Conjunction "And" changes the intended meaning of original sentence.) WrongE. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms each had been : Wrong (Error discussed in "C" )
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The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.
A. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
B. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
C. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
D. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
E. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms each had been

- In C and D, which noun is being modified by 'each'?, why?

Also, according to other forum:
- In C, we cannot say "each that had..." (can't follow 'each' with a relative pronoun - if we're going to use a relative pronoun, it has to come directly after the thing it's trying to modify). My question: I don't understand this. Does it mean that a relative pronoun can be only after the NOUN and not after another pronoun such as 'he', 'each', etc?
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The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.
A. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
B. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
C. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
D. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
E. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms each had been

- In C and D, which noun is being modified by 'each'?, why?

Also, according to other forum:
- In C, we cannot say "each that had..." (can't follow 'each' with a relative pronoun - if we're going to use a relative pronoun, it has to come directly after the thing it's trying to modify). My question: I don't understand this. Does it mean that a relative pronoun can be only after the NOUN and not after another pronoun such as 'he', 'each', etc?


I picked B because I think "with more than..." is more idiomatically correct. Then I looked at "were" and thought it was unnecessary.

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In (C), 'each' is referring to the '600 rooms.' In (D) the 'each' seems ambiguous.

In the correct answer (B), 'each' is clearly referring to the 'structures'.

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In (C), 'each' is referring to the '600 rooms.' In (D) the 'each' seems ambiguous.

In the correct answer (B), 'each' is clearly referring to the 'structures'.

Hope that helps!


Yes, in (C) each refers to the nearest noun after comma, and that is "room"

In (B) "each" is reversed to the end to follow the fluent structure.
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The Anasazi settlements at Chaco canyon were built on a spectacular scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.

a) scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
b) scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
c) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
d) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
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IMO B.

A. 'were' is not required.
B. sounds fine; 'with more than 75 carefully engineered structures connected by a complex system of roads' is the modifier. The phrase 'of upto 600 rooms each' is a prepositional phrase adding more information about the noun 'structures'.
C/E. perfect tense is not required
D. It is not clear what 'each' refers to - rooms or structures?

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The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.

A. scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
B. scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
C. scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
D. scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
E. scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms each had been

Why "were" is not required for B as the correct answer?

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In this sentence I still couldn't grasp why 2nd were is wrong? Please Help!
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I'm happy to respond to your p.m. :-)

If we include the second "were", then "were connected" would be a full verb, a complete past tense verb. There's already one verb, "were built," so this would be a second full verb. Presumably, the two verbs would have the same subject, so they would have to be in parallel. That's fine, but to have two verbs in parallel, we would absolutely need a conjunction, such as "and."
...scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, and were ...
That would be correct. Without the "and", the parallelism doesn't work.

If we remove the second "were," then the full verb "were connected" becomes simply the participle "connected," a noun modifier that can follow a string of other modifiers.

Does all this make sense?
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I assume that the modifier is modyfying the noun 'structures' ?

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As per my understanding use of scale of incorrect here for construction, we normally use scale of 'on the scale of 10-20'

so we can directly eliminate c,d and e :)

A is out as it is trying to connect two clause 'and' is required , So B is correct!! :)
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