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Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only with an Edison phonograph and insatiable curiosity.

(A) Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only

(B) In 1905, BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, traveling the back roads of Hungary, began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were only armed

(C) In 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only

(D) Having traveled the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology; they were only armed

(E) BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, in 1905 began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary, arming themselves only
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21 Oct 2004, 09:38
It's C. Only C has no errors and doesn't distort the meaning
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21 Oct 2004, 11:28
B is my choice. C sounds as if the roads are armed with phonograph.
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21 Oct 2004, 11:54
I'll go for B

A, C& E Need the adverb "only" before "armed" to correctly qualify the verb "armed"
D) distorts the original meaning. Sounds like he travelled the back roads after 1905.

C) also sounds like the roads are armed.
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21 Oct 2004, 12:47
shygo wrote:
Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only with an Edison phonograph and insatiable curiosity.

(A) Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only

(B) In 1905, BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, traveling the back roads of Hungary, began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were only armed

(C) In 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only

(D) Having traveled the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology; they were only armed

(E) BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, in 1905 began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary, arming themselves only

b. Everything seems to fit. 'Traveling blah blah" modifies the Bela and Zoltan, and the 'In 1905' seems to modify the sentence.

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21 Oct 2004, 13:15
B would be a better choice. In C "ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only " ethno...., travelling and hungary armed with is not right.
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21 Oct 2004, 13:21
Im going with C.

Only armed in B sound wrong and participial phrase "travelling ..." in C sounds good to me.
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21 Oct 2004, 13:24
shygo wrote:
Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only with an Edison phonograph and insatiable curiosity.

(A) Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only

(B) In 1905, BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, traveling the back roads of Hungary, began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were only armed

(C) In 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only

(D) Having traveled the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology; they were only armed

(E) BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, in 1905 began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary, arming themselves only

I am getting confused now....C might be right...the subject of sentence is
'BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly' and traveling blah blah could be a participle....

The only thing I don't like about B is the way the verb is split away from the subject with a phrase in the middle....
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22 Oct 2004, 15:02
The OA is C.

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18 Oct 2006, 16:38
Hungary armed???

How can the answer be C?

I like B over C. I think the OA on the SC1000 is incorrect.

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18 Oct 2006, 16:58
C

(A) Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only
-the placement of the year is awkward. OUT

(B) In 1905, BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, traveling the back roads of Hungary, began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were only armed
- the closest, other than the correct one. Can't explain why it is wrong, though.

(C) In 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only
- CORRECT

(D) Having traveled the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology; they were only armed
-implies that they traveled first and then started their pioneering work. OUT

(E) BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, in 1905 began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary, arming themselves only
- again, incorrect, but I have no explanations why. OUT
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18 Oct 2006, 17:06
B has parallelism issues with 'travelling', 'pioneering' but 'and they were only'
E changes the meaning.
I will go with C.
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19 Oct 2006, 07:52
Per mgmat SC book,

an adverbial clause can be placed anywhere in the sentence as long as there is no confusion as to which verb it is modifying.

I liked B, but the "they" is unneccessary. So I like C better.
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19 Oct 2006, 11:15
anandsebastin wrote:

(B) In 1905, BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly, traveling the back roads of Hungary, began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were only armed
- the closest, other than the correct one. Can't explain why it is wrong, though.

(C) In 1905 BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only
- CORRECT

I think B is wrong because it changes the meaning. It sounds like "BÃ©la BartÃ³k and ZoltÃ¡n KodÃ¡ly were travelling the back roads in 1905 and during this exciting trip they decided to start ethnomusicology."
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20 Oct 2006, 06:22
B also has too many commas. I have rarely seen correct sentences with that many commas.
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