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# The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native

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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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09 Sep 2007, 01:09
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B "as high as that of" is confusing, awkward, and stylistically poor.

§ C "them" is unnecessary and has no clear referent.

§ D "was" is unnecessary, given the construction, and "as high as" is wordy and awkward.

§ E "was" is unnecessary and "as high as that of" is wordy, awkward, and stylistically poor.

ANSWER: A Clear, concise, and without errors.

In 'D' the word 'was' is refuting the parallel construction of the sentence.

Compare the following 2 sentences-

....its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark....and banked with dirt to a height of

OR
....its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark....and was banked with dirt as high as...

The first one looks better!

Other Explanation for A

Never do we say "the bridge was as high as 300ft", or "the building was as high as that of 100ft".

We definitely do say "the bridge was as high as the Sears tower", or "the building was as high as the tower".

Comparisons gives an idea about where one entity stands next to the other. All the rest choices here gives an idea where the entity stands next to its own height!
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17 Feb 2005, 08:13
C,D and E are out because they are not parallel to 'overlaid with'.B is out because 'as high as' needs to be compared with something, whereas it is being compared to nothing. A is the best answer.
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17 Feb 2005, 08:22
I am btn A and B. what that of in B...? nothing.

go with A.
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17 Feb 2005, 19:57
(A)

Its an example of Absolute construction. Strusture should be something like this:

Independent Clause, Absolute Construction (Noun or Pronoun + Modifer)

Only (A) and (B) maintain that structure (using Past participle) but only (A) is gramatically correct.

(A): 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.

(B): says.. banked with dirt as high as framework of three to four feet...
Three to four feet can't have framework

(C), (D) & (E):
banked them, was banked --> converts the portion in verbal form.
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18 Feb 2005, 03:11
One more for A
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18 Feb 2005, 03:48
D) !

"...was conical in shape..." and "...was banked with dirt..."
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18 Feb 2005, 06:16
By introducing a verb in the second half of the sentence, C, D and E would create a run-on sentence problem. A is best.
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18 Feb 2005, 07:14
Paul wrote:
By introducing a verb in the second half of the sentence, C, D and E would create a run-on sentence problem. A is best.

paul, but the error can be corrected by adding a conjunction, isnt ? => , and was banked
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18 Feb 2005, 07:55
christoph wrote:
Paul wrote:
By introducing a verb in the second half of the sentence, C, D and E would create a run-on sentence problem. A is best.

paul, but the error can be corrected by adding a conjunction, isnt ? => , and was banked

The conjunction which you are talking about does not link the first independent clause:
"The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape"
with whatever comes after.
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19 Feb 2005, 00:28
Hello, guys.

I think this is the trickiest one.

Because the OA is D.

The key point is what does the sentence parallel.

(A) poles overlaid with ... and banked with ....

(D) ....was conical in shape.........and was banked with ......

what do you think?
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19 Feb 2005, 06:13

only Paul can help.

I think this comes under that kind of questions where u can switch among answers to fool around.
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19 Feb 2005, 06:36
Happy to see OA is D. This is what I selected as my choice but doubted as most said A.

I chose D as it has the correct usage of "as high as".
House does not bank dirt. house was banked.I am not clear whther it was referring to house or "framework of pole" though.In anycase, passive voice should be used.
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19 Feb 2005, 10:12
This is one of those questions you have to understand the logic of construction architecture... I agree with chunjuwu's analysis but then again, you have to know that:
its framework of poles
can be
overlaid with slabs of bark
but cannot be
banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet

instead, by introducing verb "was", "banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet" will then refer to "The single-family house constructed by the Yana"
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19 Feb 2005, 23:45
agree with Paul!..the framework does not include the banking..and hence was banked should be used!

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.

Eliminating the part in yellow, I read the sentence as "The single-family house was conical in shape -

was banked should be used to make it parallel with "was conical"
and between D and E..E is out because of the unnecessary "that of" which makes the sentence sound awkward
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20 Feb 2005, 07:03
why did not I see that??

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26 Dec 2005, 18:31
Hmmm, actually OA is A according to GMATPrep
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01 Aug 2007, 10:02
chunjuwu 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

D. it should certainly be D for correct idiom: "as high ........ as".
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05 Aug 2007, 23:14
Took GMAT prep today and picked D.

My thought process was that the single family homes were "banked with dirt".

"A" would work if the purpose of the sentence was to modify the framework of the poles.

Confusing indeed!
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05 Aug 2007, 23:22
So the OA was A and not D? I don't think I would have picked that either..
So aside from the "banked with dirt" and "was banked with dirt" descrepancy, which one would be more likely a GMAT answer: "at a height of" or "as high as"? (or does it just depend on the sentence...) These questions are killing me!
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