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A private house in New York City is a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commercial space.

(A) a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commercial space
(B) one that an individual or individuals own with fewer than eight units and no commercial space
(C) a building with fewer than eight units, no commercial space, and is owned by an individual or individuals
(D) one that has fewer than eight units, no commercial space and it is owned by an individual or individuals
(E) one that has fewer than eight units, is owned by an individual or individuals, and has no commercial space
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Re: Sentence correction [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 04:19
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Case of parallelism here?
list of 3 qualities tht describe private house in NY.
i deconsructed the sentence to
A private house in New York City is X, A private house in New York City Y,A private house in New York City Z
option a imples as if the individuals have less than 8 units.
in b the items in the listare not parallel (that x own,with fewer than, no space)
whn the decontruction is applied to option c it reads as follows:
A private house in New York City is a building with fewer than eight units
A private house in New York City no commercial space
A private house in New York City is owned by an individual or individuals
as u can see the second item makes no sense.

same can be applied to D and e.

option E makes complete sense.

A private house in New York City is one that has fewer than eight units
A private house in New York City is owned by an individual or individuals
A private house in New York City has no commercial space

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A private house in New York City is a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commercial space.

(A) a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commercial space
(B) one that an individual or individuals own with fewer than eight units and no commercial space
(C) a building with fewer than eight units, no commercial space, and is owned by an individual or individuals
(D) one that has fewer than eight units, no commercial space and it is owned by an individual or individuals
(E) one that has fewer than eight units, is owned by an individual or individuals, and has no commercial space

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Re: Sentence correction [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 04:44
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If we are prudes, even E, the only one with some semblance of //ism, can be faulted; After all, the first and third verbs are in active voice, while the second one is in passive voice. As per strict norms, this can be termed un//. Still that is the best of the bads.
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Re: Sentence correction [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 13:16
+1 E

(A) Wrong meaning: Here, you understand that the owner has fewer than 8 units, not the house.
(B) The same as in A. Well, not the same, but similar.
(C) Not parallel.
(D) Not parallel.
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Re: Sentence correction [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 14:52
Agree "individual or individuals" is redundant and awkward. No point doing this one.
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