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# Used as writing surfaces for hundred of years, medieval scribes

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Project SC Butler: Day 68: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Used as writing surfaces for hundred of years, medieval scribes preferred certain animal skins over others.

(A) medieval scribes preferred certain animal skins over others

(B) animal skins were viewed as preferable to medieval scribes

(C) medieval scribes preferred using certain animal skins to others

(D) animal skins were used by medieval scribes, who preferred some skins to others

(E) medieval scribes, preferring certain animal skins to others

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13 Jan 2019, 12:08
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Animal skins were used as writing surface, not medievial scribes, so, underlined segment should start with animal skins - A C E are out of the window
Between B and D, B is out as animal skins can't be preferred over medievial scribes.
Experts may correct my understanding.

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13 Jan 2019, 12:25
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sudarshan22 wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 68: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Used as writing surfaces for hundred of years, medieval scribes preferred certain animal skins over others.

Let's go to meaning.
Something was used as a writing surfaces for 100000 years. From the given sentence it looks like "medieval scribes" used as writing surfaces - illogical. Skins of animals are used as writing surfaces. And medieval scribes prefered some animal skins to other animal skins.

Opening modifier V-ed modifier of the sentence - modify following noun, so we need something that is used as writing surfaces in the sentence structure. --> for more infomation about V-ed modifiers <--
With this understanding we can eliminate (A), (C) and (E).

(B) there is no comparison at all, no animal skins preferred to other animals' skins, meaning changed, out

Idiom is not tested here, rather meaning and logic
Nevertheless - prefer X to Y - is correct one, only (A) uses incorrect version - prefer X over Y

If you were confused with "medieval scribes" - what the heck is this?, so did I Don't let unfamiliar words astray you.
(A) can be eliminated prefer X over Y
(B) lost comparison - out
(C) prefering - is not a verb, we don't have sentence here, so out
(E) like (C) - prefering - is not a verb out.

We are still able to get correct one (D) - even if this choice uses passive voise, it still converys intended meaing of the sentence, opening V-ed modifer - corectly modifies "animal skins", "who" modifies "medieval scribes" - now we know they are people, and idiom - preferred some skins to others - PEFECT

(A) medieval scribes preferred certain animal skins over others

(B) animal skins were viewed as preferable to medieval scribes

(C) medieval scribes preferred using certain animal skins to others

(D) animal skins were used by medieval scribes, who preferred some skins to others

(E) medieval scribes, preferring certain animal skins to others

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14 Jan 2019, 01:17
Used as writing surfaces for hundred of years, medieval scribes preferred certain animal skins over others.

It’s really an Modifier question.

Used as writing surfaces for hundred for years used modify “animal skins” as medieval scribes can’t be used as writing surfaces.

Out of B and D , D really looks good uses correct idiom Prefer X to Y .
In option B - meaning is distorted as it says animal skins were preferred over medieval scribes ,which is clearly incorrect.

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14 Jan 2019, 09:37
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[quote="sudarshan22"]

Project SC Butler: Day 68: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Used as writing surfaces for hundred of years, medieval scribes preferred certain animal skins over others.

Meaning: Some ancient people preferred some animal skins as a surface for writing.
The way that the sentence is structured (starting the sentence with a modifier), we need something meaningful immediately after the modifier. The modifier, in fact, is describing the some writing surface, so we need that surface right after the comma. Since medieval scribes (ancient people) were not something to be written on (:D), we can easily eliminate A, C & E. Let's jump over the remaining:

(A) medieval scribes preferred certain animal skins over others

(B) animal skins were viewed as preferable to medieval scribes; This choice clearly compares animal skins with the ancient guys! Out.

(C) medieval scribes preferred using certain animal skins to others

(D) animal skins were used by medieval scribes, who preferred some skins to others; I'm not really crazy about this option, since it's not the perfect way to state the sentence, but at least conveys the meaning clearly and is straight. Correct.

(E) medieval scribes, preferring certain animal skins to others
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14 Jan 2019, 21:24
Here we have an opening Modifier, which should modift Animal skins (Used as writing surfaces) and Not medieval scribes.
So Options A,C and E are out.

Option B wrongly compares animal skins to Medieval scribes.

Option D is correct as it conveys correct meaning and correct usage of Idiom Preferred X to Y .

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14 Jan 2019, 22:07
Official Explanation :

This sentence has a misplaced modifier. As written, the medeival scribes are being used as writing surfaces.

Choice (A), (C), and (E) repeat this error.

Choice (B) Incorrectly compares animal skins to medeival scribes, leaving only (D), the correct answer.
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