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Re: SC: Mexican American Restaurants [#permalink]
16 Apr 2006, 06:37
Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants than any city does in the United States.
(A) any city does (B) does any other city (C) other cities do (D) any city (E) other cities
Grrrrrrr....I'm not convinced with the OA I'll post the OA after sometime, let's discuss.
B. the comparision should say "any other" that means all cities except San Antonio, Texas.
if we say other cities, it includes San Antonio, Texas too and we cannot compare San Antonio, Texas with cities including San Antonio, Texas.
Huh...well the OA is B but here is my problem. "has" & "does" can't go parallel. It's wrong!
If the sentence was like this: "Texas houses more restaurants than any other city does"......It's absolutely correct.
BUT "Texas has more restaurants than any other city does" is WRONGGGGGG!
Any comments friends, please feel free to discuss
Let's proceed methodically.
We need "any other city" in order to compare San Antonio to other cities but itself. In this example, only B fits the bill.
Now, I don't understand why you say that "has" cannot be parallel with "does"? "does" is used as a substitute to avoid repetition of any verb, including "have".
Consider this example:
My parents have bought a house in Texas just as any of my friends' parents have[did].
You can certainly replace "have" here with "did" to avoid repetition although I do see the nuance you are referring to; "have" is passive while "do" is active. However, for repetition' sake and to obtain a better syntax, I would replace "has" with "does" here. In any case, we all agree that by POE, only B stands _________________
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