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# Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction

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Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.

(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water
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251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists- Verb agreement
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

Pls explain.....

"E". little(uncountable) water and few (countable) services is correct construction
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251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

I would go with A...

Explanation:
First Take - Or vs And..
Since the sentences states about X or Y.... I would prefer to keep that intact in the final solution..
hence I am left with A, B, D.......

Now B is wrong as services exists is not correct. The verb following the subject should be in sync with it. Hence it should have been exist.

Left with A and D...
The sentence ends with 'where ___________'. Where signifies a place or a location.. hence for me.. where there makes little sense or I would not prefer it..

Therefore my take is A.....

Would appreciate if OA can be posted....!
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05 Feb 2010, 09:09
OA is E .. kindly explain, why E and not any other
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251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists- Verb agreement
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

Pls explain.....

Ans not 'A' because LITTLE doesnt go with SERVICES, because SERVICES are countable.

Ans not 'B' because of the same reason as above.

Not 'C' because EXISTS is Singular which doesnt tie in with Water and Services. The sentence basically doesnt sound ok with option 'C'

Not 'D' for the same reason as why not A.

'E' is perfect.

Does this make sense?
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05 Feb 2010, 10:16
C has two s in noun and verb so incorrect. E is correct
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26 May 2010, 09:53
One doubt guys! In the question there is an 'or' but in the E option, its 'and'. Is it correct?
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27 May 2010, 07:27
Confused between A and E. Can we replace 'or' with 'and'?
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31 May 2010, 14:05
option A has 'or' but is using 'little' for both water and services......which is incorrect

option E has 'and' and is correctly using 'are' and 'little water' and 'few services'

the question is not emphasizing/or asking whether we need to use 'and' or 'or'

(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists- Verb agreement
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water
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10 Jun 2010, 22:48
seekmba,
The use of "and" instead of "or" changes the meaning of the sentence, doesn't it?
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251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist --> Should be "and" coz of meaning/ water is uncount and services is count so can't use little for both/ S-V agreement
(B) little water or services exists --> same as (A) except S-V
(C) few services and little water exists--> S-V agreement
(D) there is little water or services available--> little/or
(E) there are few services and little available water --> seem perfect
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29 Jul 2010, 23:22
Went with D .........was adamant for "Or".............good explanations above ........E is the correct one
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29 Dec 2010, 04:15
went with C instead of E. E seemed too wordy 'where there is'. but thanks for the explanations
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01 Jan 2011, 03:59
(E)

(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water
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21 Mar 2011, 08:36
Definitely E...are agrees with services AND water.
Little doesn't go with services..so it cannot be A
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21 Mar 2011, 08:44
services are countable and water is uncountable , that along with AND which makes the subject plural.

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19 Jul 2011, 02:34
if in C exists is replaced with exist... will that work ?
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19 Jul 2011, 08:43
Although E is grammatically correct choice here, but it changed "or" to "and". Logically it makes sense to have "and" rather than "or". But If it doesn't what do we do? Prefer grammar or meaning?
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19 Jul 2011, 09:55
guys I find it very awkward

(E) there are few services and little available water

where is the verb ('are' is the auxiliary verb) of this clause?

and I agree, had it been the 'exist' in the C... that would have been the best answer.
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19 Jul 2011, 10:43
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guys I find it very awkward

(E) there are few services and little available water

where is the verb ('are' is the auxiliary verb) of this clause?

and I agree, had it been the 'exist' in the C... that would have been the best answer.

"Are" is a form of BE which acts as a verb for this sentence.
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