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Architects and stonemasons

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Architects and stonemasons, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport.


(A) huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya without benefit of the wheel or animal transport
(B) without the benefits of animal transport or the wheel, huge palace and temple clusters were built by the Maya
(C) the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel
(D) there were built, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, huge palace and temple clusters by the Maya
(E) were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters

The OA is C and I agree with that.
I was wondering if I were to make E as a right answer,
Would it be correct if I rewrote E as (minimal changes)
Architects and stonemasons were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters.

Please let me know if the above is correct?

Thanks
Kartik

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This is the correct sentence.

Architects and stonemasons, the Maya built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel.

This is your sentence.

Architects and stonemasons were the Maya who, without the benefit of the wheel or animal transport, built huge palace and temple clusters.

If you notice, the phrase "Architects and stonemasons" acts as a modifier in the original sentence but in your sentence you have made it the subject. In the original sentence, the subject is The Maya. So both sentences do not have the same meaning.

To me your sentence sounds like - There were lot of different groups within the Maya. All architects and stonemasons were one such group in the Maya population and they build huge palace and temple clusters. Not the whole Maya population.

But the intended meaning is - The Maya population had the talent of architects and stonemasons and they (the population as a whole) built huge palace and temple clusters without the benefit of animal transport or the wheel.

Hope that helps..

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thanks hardik .. the explanation helps.

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