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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have painted a sketchy picture of the activities of an all-female cult that, perhaps as early as the sixth century BC, worshipped a goddess known as Bona Dea, “the good goddess”.

(A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts
© With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis
(D) By the account of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers

My Question

Hello guys,

Of course E is the best choice, but I’m wondering if there’s any grammatical error in choice C?
On the handout Page 5, it clearly justifies the usage of “with + sb/sth + doing/done”, so what’s the major factor that eliminates choice C? Please help. Highly appreciate!!

Best,
Roy.

In C, “used for a basis” closely modify writers and thus becomes illogical.

That’s what I thought. Thanks for the help!