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Due to his high metabolism rate, Jeff can eat anything he wants and barely gain any weight at all.

a) barely gain any weight at all
b) barely gains any weight at all
c) hardly at all gains any weight
d) can barely gain some whenever
e) scarcely can gain much weight

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Re: Ultimate Grammar Book Explanation [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 05:26
This one too:

Brad wanted to go to fish with his dad, but they had to wait because it was a dreary and rainy day.

a) wanted to go to fish with his dad, but they had to wait
b) and his dad were wanting to go to fish, but they were waiting
c) were wanting to go fishing, but they had to wait
d) wanted going to fish with his dad, but they were waiting
e) planned on going fishing with his dad, but it needed waiting

This one too, OA says (C) but I aint too sure.
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Re: Ultimate Grammar Book Explanation [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 05:31
Just before the test began, Alexander asked his classmate if he might be borrowing an extra sheet of paper.
a) if he might be borrowing an extra sheet of paper
b) if he would be borrowing an extra sheet of paper
c) if he might be able to borrow an extra sheet of paper
d) if an extra sheet of paper might be borrowed
e) perhaps if he could borrow an additional piece of paper

OA is (C) but doesnt the 'he' seem ambiguous?

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Re: Ultimate Grammar Book Explanation [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 09:09
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1. Due to his high metabolism rate, Jeff can eat anything he wants and barely gain any weight at all.

The sentence is a compound sentence connecting two independent clauses by a conjunction ‘and’. The two clauses each must have there own working verbs. Read with the subject, Jeff, a third person singular noun, the verb should be ‘barely gains’ as in B rather than ‘barely gain’ as in A.


2. Brad wanted to go to fish with his dad, but they had to wait because it was a dreary and rainy day.

a) wanted to go to fish with his dad, but they had to wait – but they is wrong pronoun for the singular subject Brad
b) and his dad were wanting to go to fish, but they were waiting – grammatically correct, and the best of the lot
c) were wanting to go fishing, but they had to wait: –Brad were wanting? Problem in S –V number agreement; again, they can not refer to Brad
d) wanted going to fish with his dad, but they were waiting - they can not refer to Brad
e) planned on going fishing with his dad, but it needed waiting; no antecedent for ‘it’

3. Just before the test began, Alexander asked his classmate if he might be borrowing an extra sheet of paper.

The pronoun ambiguity of ‘he’ is a problem in every choice other than D. But D in addition to being in passive voice does not clarify from whom or by whom a sheet of paper might be borrowed. So C is the best as such
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Re: Ultimate Grammar Book Explanation [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 15:08
Think of the sentence as follows:
Due to his high metabolism rate, Jeff can eat anything he wants and [he] barely gains any weight at all.

So A is correct
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Re: Ultimate Grammar Book Explanation [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 15:10
Have you written sentence C in #2 completely? This will be the correct answer if "and his dad" is added.
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Brad and his dad were wanting to go fishing, but they had to wait:...
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Re: Ultimate Grammar Book Explanation [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 15:11
Can someone explain question #3..."he" seems to be confusing me.
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Re: Ultimate Grammar Book Explanation [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 09:24
in #3, "he" is bit ambiguous; however, all the choices have this flaw except D. D is passive and somewhat changes the intent of the sentence. So, C. bad among the worst..
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