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The nineteenth-century Russian composers known as "The Five" were united by their holding an ideal of a national music based on folk melodies and themes.

(A) were united by their holding
(B) had as their uniting ideal
(C) united each other with
(D) united based on
(E) were united with
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30 Apr 2006, 07:15
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I'd go for E

Can you please elaborate why E?

A:- passive and awkward
B needless repition of ideal
C each other is unnecessary

Actual comparision is b/w D n E
D..repeats based on ..also 'were present in E makes it sound that they had united long time bak.
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30 Apr 2006, 09:36
OA is D.
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01 May 2006, 07:57
The nineteenth-century Russian composers known as "The Five" were united by their holding an ideal of a national music based on folk melodies and themes.

(A) were united by their holding
(B) had as their uniting ideal
(C) united each other with
(D) united based on
(E) were united with

E, seems passive 'were united with' to me it almost sounds like 'were united by'.
D, on the other hand sounds awkward, we have two 'based on'. I am confused
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01 May 2006, 20:28
I think a comma after 'united' in option D would sound better.
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01 May 2006, 20:58
between D and E, E uses 'were united with based on' here were makes the scentence look unclear

and D uses two based on's which doesnt sound good...can anyone explain ?
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01 May 2006, 20:59
I would have gone with E, but I think â€œunited with an ideal really sounds weird. As pointed there should be a comma before united for D look great. But I guess gotta take what we have.
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24 Apr 2013, 03:05
The nineteenth-century Russian composers known as "The Five" were united by their holding an ideal of a national music based on folk melodies and themes.

(A)were united by their holding
(C)united each other with
(D)united based on
(E) were united with

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The nineteenth-century Russian composers known as "The Five" were united by their holding an ideal of a national music based on folk melodies and themes.

(A)were united by their holding
(C)united each other with
(D)united based on
(E) were united with

why E is wrong?

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Not one of the best questions( will suggest rely thoroughly on gmat prep and og ) ..even i Picked first E then when checked the ans realized the mistake..
(E) were united with- passive format, someone else united them ..nopes from meaning its a past event , they united based on XXX.
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25 Apr 2013, 00:21
I doubt if this question is correct -

The nineteenth-century Russian composers known as "The Five" were united based on an ideal of a national music based on folk melodies and themes.

Without were, the sentence does not seem to make sense.
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02 May 2013, 19:55
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03 May 2013, 00:34
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An awful example indeed. But Kaplan’s justification for D might be that, the verb ‘united’ is used here in active voice rather than in passive voice. That is the reason choice D doesn’t use the passive voice marker ‘by’. All the same, use of ‘based on’ and again ‘based on’ is clumsy.
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03 May 2013, 01:01
daagh wrote:
An awful example indeed. But Kaplan’s justification for D might be that, the verb ‘united’ is used here in active voice rather than in passive voice. That is the reason choice D doesn’t use the passive voice marker ‘by’. All the same, use of ‘based on’ and again ‘based on’ is clumsy.

Kaplan explained the mistakes in the choices A, B, C, and E, and stated that "(D) is the only choice that makes sense". No justification shown on repeated usage of "based on" in option D. However, it is true that option D, though awkward, is the best of the lot.
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25 Mar 2014, 10:03
doe007 wrote:
daagh wrote:
An awful example indeed. But Kaplan’s justification for D might be that, the verb ‘united’ is used here in active voice rather than in passive voice. That is the reason choice D doesn’t use the passive voice marker ‘by’. All the same, use of ‘based on’ and again ‘based on’ is clumsy.

Kaplan explained the mistakes in the choices A, B, C, and E, and stated that "(D) is the only choice that makes sense". No justification shown on repeated usage of "based on" in option D. However, it is true that option D, though awkward, is the best of the lot.

Well but then it clearly changes the meaning. Original sentence we are talking that these guys were united, while on OA is says that they united, they performed the sole action of uniting. This is indeed a change of meaning to the original sentence and thus I will require that a Kaplan Instructor revise this question and provide a clear explanation

Nough said

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04 Jun 2016, 10:58
i'd go with E.

D has a missing verb issue. im not sure how they justified D.
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04 Jun 2016, 18:52
based on
on gmat land is a participle such as done, asked... and other

so
D can not be right.

there are many official question, in which based on is tested , and the point above is proved by gmat .
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07 Jun 2016, 01:40
This question is really weird.

The 5 composers didn't unite themselves. Each of them had an ideal and they came together because of that ideal. I think a were construction is perfectly plausible.

They were united by their love for the fatherland.
They united based on their love for the fatherland.
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