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The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular

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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



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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

This question is slightly different from another question posted earlier.

The basic structure to eliminate the answer stands on the meaning of word each. If one can understand why each is used the next step would be much easy. A & B is using each to say each structure has 600 rooms whereas C, D & E is confusing the meaning. C & E using each just after "rooms ," denote modifying the room. but the meaning should be structures connecting the complex regional system of roads not each room. In D the use of each is ambiguous.

Between A & B if we remove the clause between the comma, A has two "were" - awkward. Hence, B is correct.
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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

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B.

The key to this question is to identify the what is it that 'connected by a complex regional system of roads' is trying to modify.

Surely, it can't be rooms (rooms connected by roads?), and can't be Chaco canyon or the spectacular scale. Hence, it leaves us with only one option - engineered structures, and only option B uses the modifier correctly.

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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 - INCORRECT, as it changes the intended meaning of the sentence. As per this sentence, the Ansazi settlements were connected by complex system of roads which is incorrect as the engineered structures are ideally connected by a system of roads
B) scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, CORRECT , perfectly displays the intended meaning of the sentence. Also the usage of "EACH" is correct as it is referring to Engineered Structures which are ultimately connected by complex system of roads. This is what is the intended meaning of the sentence
C) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been - INCORRECT, each is modifying rooms and its not the rooms that are interconnected but the engineered structures are interconnected by complex system of roads. Building and connected both the events took place at the same time, not at different points of times hence past perfect tense had been cannot be used
D) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each - INCORRECT as in Option D there is no clarity on what "EACH" is referring to .
E) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each had been INCORRECT, each is modifying rooms and its not the rooms that are interconnected but the engineered structures are interconnected by complex system of roads. Also usage of had been is incorrect. Building and connected both the events took place at the same time, not at different points of times hence past perfect tense had been cannot be used

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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.

Here is a grammar route to solve this legendary question

A) scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were ---" were built ..., were connected" -- is a double verbing error, suffering from lack of conjugation between the two verbs.


B) scale, with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, --- rectifies the double verbing syndrome and is correct.

C) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been --- that had been connected ' will mean that they had been connected even before they were built. The past perfect is incongruous
D) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each ---We cannot connect a modifier ' with each connected" with an 'and.'
E) scale of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 60the 0 rooms, each had been --- 'each had been' is wrong tense as in C and also a comma splice
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