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The shape of Taipei 101 is modeled after the bamboo plant--a symbol of integrity and honor in Chinese philosophy.

The shape of Taipei 101 models after the bamboo plant ...

The shape of Taipei 101 model the bamboo plant ...

Which one of the above three sounds right to you? Thanks.
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1 and 3, but only 1 is not confusing.
Marius Hancu1 and 3, but only 1 is not confusing.
Thanks, Marius.

But what does "is modeled after" in the first sentence mean? How can it be the passive voice?

Besides, why is the third sample confusing?
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Hi Angliholic,

Here are the reason why #1 is the only correct choice:

When we say "A is modeled after B", we mean A is built / created to have the characteristics of B.

When we model something, we create an object or a system of mathematical equations (i.e. the model) that represents our thoughts / ideas / imagination. It is rather odd to say that a building or its shape creates a model.
Hoa ThaiHi Angliholic,

Here are the reason why #1 is the only correct choice:

When we say "A is modeled after B", we mean A is built / created to have the characteristics of B.

When we model something, we create an object or a system of mathematical equations (i.e. the model) that represents our thoughts / ideas / imagination. It is rather odd to say that a building or its shape creates a model.
Thanks, HT.

Got it.

By the way, is it all right to omit "plant" in the first sample?
AngliholicBy the way, is it all right to omit "plant" in the first sample?
Yes.
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AngliholicBy the way, is it all right to omit "plant" in the first sample?
I guess you meant example ...
(definition of sample)
Hi Tanit,

Good catch! Thanks!
Hoa ThaiHi Tanit,

Good catch! Thanks!
Hi,

I'm shocked that you think they are not synonyms. The following is a sample (example) of "sample" from my dictionary. Correct me if I am wrong again.

You'd better give a sample of your ability or skill.
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