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# Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 Bla Bartk and

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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 Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only
(B) In 1905, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly, traveling the back roads of Hungary, began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were only armed
(C) In 1905 Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only
(D) Having traveled the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology; they were only armed
(E) Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly, in 1905 began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary, arming themselves only
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03 Jan 2006, 20:47
B & D are out for using "only armed", it should be "armed only"

I'm stuck between 'A' & 'C'

Would have clicked on 'C'.
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03 Jan 2006, 21:12
prash_c,

C is the only one that works here, all other choices contain modifier problems.
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03 Jan 2006, 22:45
TeHCM wrote:
prash_c,

C is the only one that works here, all other choices contain modifier problems.

TeHCM,

Why 'C'?

In 'C', "traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only" doesn't it sound like "Hungary is armed"?
I know I'm wrong but not able to convince myself
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03 Jan 2006, 23:07
I would go with A..
C looks like a modifier problem to me
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03 Jan 2006, 23:47
vivek123 wrote:
TeHCM wrote:
prash_c,

C is the only one that works here, all other choices contain modifier problems.

TeHCM,

Why 'C'?

In 'C', "traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only" doesn't it sound like "Hungary is armed"?
I know I'm wrong but not able to convince myself

vivek123,

alllow me ....

A is using a cordinating conjuction "and" so for Cordinating conjuction both the clause on side of "and" should be independent. but in A the first part

"Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology" is not evan a clause. These are just to two phrase one modifying the noun in another..

let me know if you find any flaw in this reasoning
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04 Jan 2006, 00:58
ViveK, may I compliment at how cute your son/daughter is?

Cool Jonny is right.

(A) Traveling the back roads of Hungary, in 1905 Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, and they were armed only

In addition to the fact that A just sounds plain awkward (no subjects but alot of subordinate clauses)

Traveling the back roads of Hungary has to modify Bartok and Kodaly, but in 1905 is modified instead???

I envision the correct sentence to be something like this...(Other than the one given here of course )

"Traveling the back roads of Hungary, Bartok and Kodaly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology in 1905 and they were armed only with...."
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04 Jan 2006, 02:46
Thanks a lot Jonny & TeHCM, now I understand what I overlooked
It's not as hard as I thought. I get it now, thanks again !

TeHCM,
thanks for the compliments, she is my daughter, very naughty, camera loving &.... the one & only, so it's like she's my son too...
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04 Jan 2006, 07:16
its has to be C....
In 1905 Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly began their pioneering work in ethnomusicology, traveling the back roads of Hungary armed only

rest 4 options I feel there is a modifier problems
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04 Jan 2006, 11:51
vivek123 wrote:
Thanks a lot Jonny & TeHCM, now I understand what I overlooked
It's not as hard as I thought. I get it now, thanks again !

TeHCM,
thanks for the compliments, she is my daughter, very naughty, camera loving &.... the one & only, so it's like she's my son too...

Such a cutie pie!!!
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04 Jan 2006, 19:58
C

Vivek, your daughter is soo cute! Makes you want to pinch her chubby cheeks
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04 Jan 2006, 20:51
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C

Vivek, your daughter is soo cute! Makes you want to pinch her chubby cheeks

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04 Jan 2006, 21:03
vivek123 wrote:
TeHCM,
thanks for the compliments, she is my daughter, very naughty, camera loving &.... the one & only, so it's like she's my son too...

Vivek saleee...woh teri daughter hai ??????
khabhi bataya nahi yaar...ke woh uskaa photo hai ????

she is damn cute....mom pe gayi hai ki dad par ??

chal laters..
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04 Jan 2006, 22:52
jinesh wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
TeHCM,
thanks for the compliments, she is my daughter, very naughty, camera loving &.... the one & only, so it's like she's my son too...

Vivek saleee...woh teri daughter hai ??????
khabhi bataya nahi yaar...ke woh uskaa photo hai ????

she is Oops cute....mom pe gayi hai ki dad par ??

chal laters..

She's a perfect combination of both of us
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i would have went with A but I would have got it wrong [#permalink]

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05 Jan 2006, 05:54
my initial reaction was A

I guess after Travelling.........., in 1905 is wrong??? because travelling is modifying in 1905?
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05 Jan 2006, 06:07
vivek123 wrote:
B & D are out for using "only armed", it should be "armed only"

I'm stuck between 'A' & 'C'

Would have clicked on 'C'.

B is also out because travelling, ... , 1905.... isn't a correct modifier

and samething for D, having traveled is modifying 1905

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05 Jan 2006, 12:03
I'll go with D. Worried about "having traveled" structure, though.
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B is the best option for me [#permalink]

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05 Jan 2006, 20:48
I dont think option C is correct becos armed only seems to suggest that they were travelling the back road armed only with .... but the sentence means that they started their study armed only with .....

So keeping what the sentence is implying, I think option B is the best bet.
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Some strategies for Sentence Correction [#permalink]

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06 Jan 2006, 01:42
Hi guys,

Can you please tell me how i can improve on sentence correction questions? I've been ok with quants but am really struggling with SC questions...any help would be of great help.

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06 Jan 2006, 06:11
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Hi guys,

Can you please tell me how i can improve on sentence correction questions? I've been ok with quants but am really struggling with SC questions...any help would be of great help.

there is a book called "grammar smart" from princeton review. I used it and it really helped. it's a short book, you can finished in like 5 days but go through it in details.
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