Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Telugu
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 440
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    was banked vs banked ( sentence correction)

    The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern Calrifornia, 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.

    banked with dirt to a height of
    was banked with dirt as high as

    Can you please explain why the answer is A? I choose B because was concial and was banked are parellel. Is there any wrong with my interpretation of parallelism in structure? Also the sentence seems to be too complex

    its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, --- Is this part an Absolute phrase?? or is it causing a run on?? I am sure it is not a run on sentence as the source can be trusted.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Telugu
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 440
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: was banked vs banked ( sentence correction)

    please let me know if I need to repost my above question ( If not clearly posted).. :)

    Thanks

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 20,227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: was banked vs banked ( sentence correction)

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern Calrifornia, 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.

    banked with dirt to a height of
    was banked with dirt as high as

    Can you please explain why the answer is A? I choose B because was concial and was banked are parellel. Is there any wrong with my interpretation of parallelism in structure? Also the sentence seems to be too complex

    its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, --- Is this part an Absolute phrase?? or is it causing a run on?? I am sure it is not a run on sentence as the source can be trusted.
    I agree that many of these exam questions are quite complex. They obviously don't want to make it too easy for you!

    "The house was conical in shape and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet." Can you see why you don't need another "was" here? The same principle (apparently) applies in the longer sentence.
    Yes, the part in bold is an absolute clause.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Telugu
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 440
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: was banked vs banked ( sentence correction)

    thanks Raymott:)

    so was and banked are parallel, correct?

    also, is there any wrong in the predicate 'was banked with dirt as high as '?

    I guess, I understood this sentence somewhat but need your help to clarify totally. Please explain,

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 20,227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: was banked vs banked ( sentence correction)

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    thanks Raymott:)

    so was and banked are parallel, correct?

    also, is there any wrong in the predicate 'was banked with dirt as high as '?

    I guess, I understood this sentence somewhat but need your help to clarify totally. Please explain,
    No, "was conical" and "was banked" are parallel. I'm saying parallelism isn't necessary here.
    You can say "I am sick and tired". You don't have to say "I am sick and I am tired". The example above uses the first form.
    "The house was conical ... and banked...".

    Yes, technically "with dirt as high as three to four feet" is wrong. This gives further support to A.
    If the dirt is somewhere between 3 and 4 ft high, it's "as high as four feet" or "to a height of three to four feet".

Similar Threads

  1. Sentence Correction
    By oledtse@gmail.com in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Mar-2008, 12:31
  2. Problem with sentence correction
    By sagarshanky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2007, 10:07
  3. Sentence Correction
    By sufdar in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2006, 14:11
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-May-2006, 15:24
  5. help in correction of sentence
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2003, 21:35

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •