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# The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness

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The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(A) The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(B) To the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote two letters, being the only eyewitness accounts of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

(C) The only eyewitness account is in two letters by the nephew of Pliny the Elder writing to the historian Tacitus an account of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

(D) Writing the only eyewitness account, Pliny the Elder's nephew accounted for the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(E) In two letters to the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

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Re: SC - Great eruption of Vesuvius [#permalink]

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21 Sep 2008, 05:51
amitdgr wrote:
The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(A) The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(B) To the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote two letters, being the only eyewitness accounts of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

(C) The only eyewitness account is in two letters by the nephew of Pliny the Elder writing to the historian Tacitus an account of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

(D) Writing the only eyewitness account, Pliny the Elder's nephew accounted for the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(E) In two letters to the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

I went to E. Order of the sentence and awkward expression have been eliminated...
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Re: SC - Great eruption of Vesuvius [#permalink]

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22 Sep 2008, 15:25
i think it should be A

out of the rest E is the best , but here is what i think ;

"In two letters to the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder "

does that sound right ????

it seems as if the nephew was in 2 letters

thats the reason why i vote for A
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23 Sep 2008, 05:00
I don't know the OA
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Re: SC - Great eruption of Vesuvius [#permalink]

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24 Sep 2008, 07:58
amitdgr wrote:
I don't know the OA

You're the one who posted...ok...anyone who knows the answer???
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Re: SC - Great eruption of Vesuvius [#permalink]

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25 Sep 2008, 20:48
(E)

In A, it seems Volcano erupted in two letters !
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Re: SC - Great eruption of Vesuvius [#permalink]

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25 Sep 2008, 21:07
I also go with E
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Re: SC - Great eruption of Vesuvius [#permalink]

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25 Sep 2008, 21:21
amitdgr wrote:
The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(A) The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(B) To the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote two letters, being the only eyewitness accounts of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

(C) The only eyewitness account is in two letters by the nephew of Pliny the Elder writing to the historian Tacitus an account of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

(D) Writing the only eyewitness account, Pliny the Elder's nephew accounted for the great eruption of Vesuvius in two letters to the historian Tacitus.

(E) In two letters to the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

E should be it.

(A) The nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote the only eyewitness account of xxxx?
(B) "To the...." "being" all wrong.
(C) No verb - not a complet sentrence.
(D) too long and unclear.
(E) correct - short and concise.
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25 Sep 2008, 22:06
GMAT TIGER wrote:
(B) "To the...." "being" all wrong.

GMAT TIGER, why is "To the.." wrong ? Is it violating some idiom ?
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26 Sep 2008, 08:15
amitdgr wrote:
GMAT TIGER wrote:
(B) "To the...." "being" all wrong.

GMAT TIGER, why is "To the.." wrong ? Is it violating some idiom ?

(B) To the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the Elder wrote two letters, being the only eyewitness accounts of the great eruption of Vesuvius.

"To the ........" in the above sentence is an introductory modifier. IMO, modifier cannot start with "to".

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