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Show contrast and present tense, right? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2003, 08:20
The proposed urban development zones ( do not represent a new principle; it was employed in "Operation Bootstrap" in Puerto Rico.

(A) stays the same
( B) represent not a new principle, but one that was employed in "Operation Bootstrap" in Puerto Rico.

( C) are not a new principle; the same one

Why is B, right? I think there is contrast and the proposed zones urban zones still exist.
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Re: Show contrast and present tense, right? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2003, 15:55
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The proposed urban development zones ( do not represent a new principle; it was employed in "Operation Bootstrap" in Puerto Rico.

(A) stays the same
( B) represent not a new principle, but one that was employed in "Operation Bootstrap" in Puerto Rico.

( C) are not a new principle; the same one

Why is B, right? I think there is contrast and the proposed zones urban zones still exist.


It's actually not important that they still exist - the first part of your question is the key - the contrast.

(A) is wrong because subject/verb agreement is wrong. A plural noun should not be followed by "is."

(B) is a nice use of the "not [x]..., but [y]" construction, and it has proper subject/verb agreement.

(C) also has subject/verb problems. "...are not a new principle" is a plural verb ("are") trying to co-exist with a singular object ("principle").
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Hi JP [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2003, 19:50
Where is the plural noun followed by is?

Zones is followed by a new principle, so it shouldn't have a subject/ verb problem?
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Re: Hi JP [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2003, 15:37
Curly05 wrote:
Where is the plural noun followed by is?

Zones is followed by a new principle, so it shouldn't have a subject/ verb problem?


Zones is the subject of the sentence, not principle.
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