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Hi guys, pls help with this question..explanations for the answers will help a lot

1.The traffic advisory commission agreed that drivers with more than 3 convictions for drunk driving [u]should have permanently revoked licenses.[/u]

a. should have permanently revoked licenses
b. should have a permanently revoked licenses
c. should have their lincenses permanently revoked
d. are tho have revoked their licenses permanently
e. are to have permnanently revoked license
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a. should have permanently revoked licenses --> This means that drivers with more than 3 convictions for drunk driving will already have 'permanently revoeked licenses' i.e. having a permanently revoked license is a pre-requisite for people with more than 3 drunk driving convictions. This clearly not what the sentence should mean. Hence incorrect.

b. should have a permanently revoked licenses --> This has a similar meaning as that of option A alongwith the additional error of having 'a' (used with singular objects) before the plural object 'licenses'. Hence incorrect.

c. should have their lincenses permanently revoked --> This sentence is correct as it means that those drivers who have more than 3 drunk driving convictions will have their licenses permanently revoked by the authority thereby stopping them from driving irresponsibly again.

d. are to have revoked their licenses permanently --> This means that drivers with more than 3 drunk driving convictions should get their licenses permanently revoked from the authority. This is simply absurd. (Who would want to get this done on purpose? :D )

e. are to have permnanently revoked license --> Singular object 'license' does not agree in number with the plural subject 'drivers'. Hence incorrect.

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i was pick choice E, mistake for being not carefully read the options,. thanks :)
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New post 30 Nov 2011, 01:29
Hi,

can someone clarify the explanation for why (A) doesn't work? Although C works the best, it doesn't seem like A is entirely incorrect? I did some research on the usage of "should have" and generally it follows some kind of verb. In answer (A) a noun phrase follows, so that's the only problem I could find with it. and even that i'm not so sure.

moreover, the explanation for (A) says that usage implies that the licenses were already revoked before the 3 violations. If you wanted to say that, wouldn't you say "should have had permanently revoked licenses" using the past perfect?
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