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# In the late 1880s, the journalist Jacob Riis visited

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In the late 1880s, the journalist Jacob Riis visited tenement dwellings in several impoverished NewYork City neighborhoods to investigate housing conditions and photograph immigrant tenants' apartments, whose interiors were inhumanely overcrowded, their floors often serving as beds, and their walls often windowless and dilapidated with age and neglet.

A) whose interiors were inhumanely overcrowded, their floors
often serving as beds, and their walls often windowless and dilapidated with age and neglet

B) whose interiors were inhumanely overcrowded, their floors
were often serving as beds, and their walls were often lacking windows and dilapidated due to age and neglet

C) whose interiors were inhumanely overcrowded, their floors
were often serving as beds, and they had walls often windowless and dilapidated with age and neglet

D) having interiors inhumanely overcrowded, their floors often serving
for beds, and their walls were often windowless and dilapidated due to age and neglet

E) having interiors that were inhumanely overcrowded, their floors often
serving as beds, and their walls often lacked windows and were dilapidated on account of and neglet

This is a Kaplan question, and on option E the blank between "of" and "and" is not a typo (at least not mine).
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14 Jan 2004, 07:37
Answer is B. Anybody care to explain? What does "whoes" refer to in B?
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14 Jan 2004, 10:36
whose would refer to the closest preceding noun clause or noun - which in this case is "apartments".

That aside, I still think the correct answer is (a) as (b) creates a run on sentence with the last 2 clauses.

If I (correctly?) take the chaff out, then the sentence can be reduced to:

Jacob Riis visited <ABC> to <xyz> immigrant tenants' apartments, <modifier>, their floors {were} often serving as beds, and their walls {were} often windowless and dilapidated with age and neglet.

If we actually place the {were} there, then it does look incorrect to me.
14 Jan 2004, 10:36
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