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The ninteenth-century russian composers known as "The Five"

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The ninteenth-century russian composers known as "The Five" [b]were united by their holding[/b] an ideal of a national music based on folk melodies and themes.

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

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New post 30 Oct 2005, 16:15
my guess E.
Sorry do not have good explanation though.

"based on" in D looks wrong (another based on in non-underlined portion)
meaning of C looks wrong. "united each other with" who united?

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New post 30 Oct 2005, 18:01
(A) "their holding" is awakard
(B) "their uniting ideal" looks vague.
(C) "The Five" should be "one another", not "each other"
(D) "based on" is wrong. The composers are not based on something. Instead, their music is based on something.
(E) looks good.

I vote for (E).
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New post 30 Oct 2005, 18:38
OA is D. OE doesn't say much expcept that D is the answer

My analysis was
(A) least of all the evils. I think sometimes possesive pronouns followed by verb+ing is ok. eg: I am impressed by your swimming.
(B) awkward, ideal repeated
(C) each other is wrong
(D) unidiomatic
(E) unidiomatic. IMO united with can be used to introduce a person/thing someone is linked to, not the means of uniting. Did a few google seaches and seems to be correct.

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New post 30 Oct 2005, 22:33
united based on ideal is the only idomatic expression here.

for example "the whole country is united based on patriotism"

So D is the only option.
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New post 30 Oct 2005, 22:39
Although most of the choices are awkward, E sounds the best.

D cannot be the right answer. There cannot be two modifiers, each starting with "based on".

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 06:49
I agree that D is very poorly written, however it is grammatically correct.

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

We can repeat based on several times over in a sentence:

I watched a movie based on a novel which was (also) based on a ledgend.

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 06:55
I agree with D. based on looks better to me than based with.

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