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An NBA order from the commissioner's office last month [#permalink]
13 Dec 2005, 22:56
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An NBA order from the commissioner's office last month limited the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches had been allowed to wear during official NBA activities.
(A) limited the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches had been allowed to wear
(B) limited the clothing and accessories possibilities that players and coaches were being allowed to wear
(C) limits the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches have been allowed to wear
(D) limited the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches are allowed to wear
(E) limits the possible clothing and accessories allowed to be worn by players and coaches
Spot the Error:
The presence of underlined verbs indicates that verbs are being tested. The presence of "limited" and "had been allowed to wear" in the underlined portion indicate that the sentence is testing verbs.
Rule and Fix:
A verb must agree with the noun that is refers to and must use the appropriate tense. The verb "limited" describes the order from the NBA and is correct in the past since it was issued a month ago.
Since the underlined verb "limited" is correct eliminate any choice that changes the form. This eliminates C and E.
Chunk and Compare:
A and B. B uses the passive voice "were being allowed" while A uses the active voice "had been allowed". Eliminate B.
A and D. A uses the incorrect past perfect. D uses the correct present tense since the gist of the order is still effective in the present. Eliminate A.