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# The single-family house constructed by the Yana

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The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

(A) banked with dirt to a height of

(B) banked with dirt as high as that of

(C) banked them with dirt to a height of

(D) was banked with dirt as high as

(E) was banked with dirt as high as that of
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Hi E-GMAT,

My analysis ,

Sentence structure for this sentence would be , The single family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

Bold face is a MAIN Sub and Main Verb. My question is "its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet." a noun plus noun modifier?

Thanks

Hi Nitinaka19,
Thank you for the query.

Let’s look at the structure of this sentence:

• The single family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape,
o its framework of poles
overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine,
• and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

You have correctly identified that “its framework…..four feet” is a noun + noun modifier. In this modifier:
Noun- its framework of poles
Noun Modifier- overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

So, the two parallel verb-ed modifiers ‘overlaid’ and ‘banked’ modify the noun in this modifier .

Hope this helps!
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The single family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

A) banked with dirt to a height of
B) banked with dirt as high as that of
C) banked them with dirt to a height of
D) was banked with dirt as high as
E) was banked with dirt as high as that of

A) banked with dirt to a height of.

Personally, I had it down to either A or D. I do not get why D is wrong. I thought "as high as" was the correct idiom. Is it because "was" is redundant?
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26 Jan 2008, 10:49
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The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

a) banked with dirt to a height of

b) banked with dirt as high as that of

c) banked them with dirt to a height of

d) was banked with dirt as high as

e) was banked with dirt as high as that of

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B,C,E plain wrong.

Between A and D.

I think A, purely because i think "to a height of" is more idiomatic
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The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

a) banked with dirt to a height of Best choice.

b) banked with dirt as high as that of "that" is unclear.

c) banked them with dirt to a height of "them" is unclear.

d) was banked with dirt as high as Not parallel with "overlaid"

e) was banked with dirt as high as that of Not parallel with "overlaid"
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26 Jan 2008, 19:59
The sentence has meaning issue:

a) banked with dirt to a height of (hold it)

b) banked with dirt as high as that of (that of not clear)

c) banked them with dirt to a height of (them - ?)

d) was banked with dirt as high as (was banked – parallel to main verb - The single-family house constructed by the Yana was conical in … and was banked …, but this needs to modify the framework slabs – eliminate it)

e) was banked with dirt as high as that of (same as d plus that of – eliminate it)

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27 Jan 2008, 13:11
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OA is A

Thanks .. even I would go for the simple reason that it is not the house that is banked but the framework of poles that are banked.. Introducing 'was' distorts the meaning..
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The single family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

A) banked with dirt to a height of
B) banked with dirt as high as that of
C) banked them with dirt to a height of
D) was banked with dirt as high as
E) was banked with dirt as high as that of

A) banked with dirt to a height of.

Personally, I had it down to either A or D. I do not get why D is wrong. I thought "as high as" was the correct idiom. Is it because "was" is redundant?

Lets look this way:

The single family house constructed by the Yana (...) was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

A) "banked" is parallel with "overlaid" as under
banked with dirt (to a height) of x feet
overlaid with slabs of bark

Hope that makes sense.

B) "as high as" is unnecessary and "that of.." is inapproperiate.
C) "them"?
D) "was" is not paralalled with "overlaid" and is in passive. "as high as" is unnecessary for no comparision.
E) Similar to D. "was" is not paralllel with "overlaid" and is in passive. "as high as" is unnecessary for no comparision. "that of"?
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OA is A

Trick is to realize that banked with dirt applies to the poles and not the house

overlaid with slabs is parallel to banked with dirt.

I made the same mistake with this question
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A very interesting point here to note is that when ever there is a "as high as" or as low as" or any such comparison, it should be done against a fixed number. Here it is compared against a variable figure, 3 to 4. So B, D and E are out. "Banked them", no use... 'A' is All Clear....
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good explanation by gmattiger and sumeetgill.

A is best
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The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern california, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

(A) banked with dirt to a height of
(B) banked with dirt as high as that of
(C) banked them with dirt to a height of
(D) was banked with dirt as high as
(E) was banked with dirt as high as that of

I read in other forum that "was" (options d and e) is not necessary because "banked" is parallel with "overlaid".
If that is true, don't you think that there should be a semicolon (;) after "shape"? "Its framework of....." is a different claus. Please your comments.

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The single-family house constructed ........, was conical in shape, its [house] framework of poles overlaid.......and banked.......--> parallel

The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern california, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

a. banked with dirt to a height of - CORRECT
b. banked with dirt as high as that of
c. banked them with dirt to a height of
d. was banked with dirt as high as
e. was banked with dirt as high as that of
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The single-family house constructed ........, was conical in shape, its [house] framework of poles overlaid.......and banked.......--> parallel

The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern california, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

a. banked with dirt to a height of - CORRECT
b. banked with dirt as high as that of
c. banked them with dirt to a height of
d. was banked with dirt as high as
e. was banked with dirt as high as that of

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its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

I read in other forum that "was" (options d and e) is not necesssary because "banked" is parallel with "overlaid".
If that is true, don't you think that there should be a semicolon (;) after "shape"? "Its framework of....." is a different claus. Please your comments.

Semicolon is not required. The portion of the sentence you are referring to is not a clause because it lacks a main verb:

its framework of poles overlaid with blah blah AND banked with blah blah ----- the ||sm is between overlaid and banked in a "sub-phrase" if I may call it so.

If you want to dissect further: the subject is "its framework of poles".... immediately after the subject ... overlaid comes which is actually a modifier...in fact everything after overlaid is modifying the poles.
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its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

I read in other forum that "was" (options d and e) is not necesssary because "banked" is parallel with "overlaid".
If that is true, don't you think that there should be a semicolon (;) after "shape"? "Its framework of....." is a different claus. Please your comments.

Semicolon is not required. The portion of the sentence you are referring to is not a clause because it lacks a main verb:

its framework of poles overlaid with blah blah AND banked with blah blah ----- the ||sm is between overlaid and banked in a "sub-phrase" if I may call it so.

If you want to dissect further: the subject is "its framework of poles".... immediately after the subject ... overlaid comes which is actually a modifier...in fact everything after overlaid is modifying the poles.

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In certain way, is the following part of the sentence a list of characteristics of the house?

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"...was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet."

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metallicafan wrote:
The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern california, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

a. banked with dirt to a height of
b. banked with dirt as high as that of
c. banked them with dirt to a height of
d. was banked with dirt as high as
e. was banked with dirt as high as that of

I read in other forum that "was" (options d and e) is not necesssary because "banked" is parallel with "overlaid".
If that is true, don't you think that there should be a semicolon (;) after "shape"? "Its framework of....." is a different claus. Please your comments.

Strike 1=> banked vs was banked => can't be was banked (verb + form) not parallel | d,e out
Strike 2=> as high as Vs to a height of => to a height is better =>
Strike 3 => them hence A
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07 Jun 2014, 08:19
Hi E-GMAT,

My analysis ,

Sentence structure for this sentence would be , The single family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet.

Bold face is a MAIN Sub and Main Verb. My question is "its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet." a noun plus noun modifier?

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