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950. 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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950. 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
Misplaced modifier , sounds as if Individuals having xyz.
(B) one that an individual or individuals own with fewer than eight units and no commercial space
Misplaced modifier , sounds as if Individuals own with xyz.
(C) a building with fewer than eight units, no commercial space, and is owned by an individual or individuals
incorrect parallelism
(D) one that has fewer than eight units, no commercial space and it is owned by an individual or individuals
incorrect parallelism
(E) one that has fewer than eight units, is owned by an individual or individuals, and has no commercial space
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02 Jul 2012, 13:06
Use of ......"a building......"......is awkward.
"fewer than" is used because "buildings" are countable noun.
(D) has no connecting/auxiliary verb ,......".... no commercial space " .

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09 Jul 2012, 07:07
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Use of ......"a building......"......is awkward.
"fewer than" is used because "buildings" are countable noun.
(D) has no connecting/auxiliary verb ,......".... no commercial space " .

(E) WINS

How do we explain parallelism in E
Doesn't "is" breaks the parallelism
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09 Jul 2012, 07:59
narangvaibhav wrote:
How do we explain parallelism in E
Doesn't "is" breaks the parallelism

Hi Vaibhav,
This is the sentence with choice E:

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

This choice tells us three things about a private house in NYC. It:
a. has fewer than eight units,
b. is owned by an individual or individuals, and
c. has no commercial space.

All the entities in this list is parallel because “has” in this choice is not a present perfect tense verb. It is a simple present tense ver. “Has”, ”have”, and “had” act as perfect tense only when they are followed by another verb. For example:
1. Ria has exhibited many of her paintings across the country.
2. I have finished my project on time.
3. Joe had slept when Amy arrived.

In all above example, we have perfect tense verb in different tenses. “Has”, “have”, and “had” are followed by verbs - “exhibited”, “finished”, and “slept” respectively.

Now analyze these set of examples:
1. Ria has many paint brushes.
2. I have my notes ready.
3. Joe had pizza for dinner.
The first two sentences are written in simple present tense while the last one is in simple past tense. It is so because in none of the sentence, “has”, “have”, “had” are followed by any verb. They are acting as any other helping verb “is/ab/are/was/were.” Same is the case with the usage of “has” in choice E of this NYC private house sentence. All the entities are written in simple present tense and hence are perfectly parallel.

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