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    a preposition question

    The Janissaries were mainly recruited ---- conquered Christian lands and gained great power ---- Süleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century.

    A) across / after
    B) from / over
    C) within / by
    D) in / under
    E) over / before

    Which is correct? I oscillate between B and D.

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    Re: a preposition question

    It's unclear to me because without more context we don't know the power relationship with Suleyman. However, because he was 'magnificent', I'd go for D.

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    Re: a preposition question

    Thank you, Tdol.


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    Re: a preposition question

    B is correct - The Janissaries were taken as children from conquered Christian countries and raised as an elite guard in Constantinople. They eventually became extremely powerful within the Ottoman Empire.

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    Re: a preposition question

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's unclear to me because without more context we don't know the power relationship with Suleyman. However, because he was 'magnificent', I'd go for D.
    What about B? What makes it wrong?

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    Re: a preposition question

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    B is correct - The Janissaries were taken as children from conquered Christian countries and raised as an elite guard in Constantinople. They eventually became extremely powerful within the Ottoman Empire.
    I'm not convinced that they had power over him- he seems to have been a pretty tough cookie:
    Suleiman the Magnificent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Janissary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: a preposition question

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'm not convinced that they had power over him- he seems to have been a pretty tough cookie:
    Suleiman the Magnificent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Janissary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    After reading the articles, I would go for D also. For this quiz one not only needs to know English, one needs to know 16th century history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trex View Post
    What about B? What makes it wrong?
    For me, B is wrong because the Janissaries did not develop power over the Sultan, they developed power under him. The Sultan was the boss.

    The first part could be "in" or "from".

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    Re: a preposition question

    Thank you.

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    B cannot be correct choice since Janissaries were the soldiers of Suleiman the Magnificent and couldn't, and did not, have any power over him. :)

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