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This fall two out of five households in the United States

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This fall two out of five households in the United States [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2005, 20:12
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This fall two out of five households in the United States will harvest some of their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots.

(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2005, 21:19
I will pick A.

Not sure on this but I dont think "it" is the correct pronoun for households.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 05:30
OA is D.

I picked A too, I thought D was changing the meaning of the original sentence.

Btw, is there any rule as to when its ok to pick a choice with a slightly different meaning that given sentence? Or should we just use common sense? :?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 06:31
gayathri can you please post the explanation given for D.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 06:50
I will go with D.

Two households take the plural 'their' rather than the singular 'it'. vegetable gardens and backyards look better in plurals because a singular vegetable garden would mean that all the households will harvest the same vegetable garden.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 06:54
I was between A and D.
Maybe A is wrong because you can suppose all this households will use the same garden while there is no hesitation with D.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 07:00
When there are choices between "and" and "or", "or" seems to be always to correct answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 11:11
vprabhala wrote:
gayathri can you please post the explanation given for D.


Its from a paper test and has no accompanying explanation.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 11:17
On closer analysis, A does imply that all families get their food from one vegetable gardens. D makes sense logically.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 11:21
D is my answer. It's all plural like it is supposed to be...."..households...gardens...backyards...city lots"

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Re: This fall two out of five households in the United States [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 23:17
The right answer should be D. Here is why:-

As the sentences talks about two out of five households, the related pronouns used should be plural. Hence use your 3/2 technique to cross of answer choices with 'its' and shortlist down to 3 with 'their'.

(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
-- This choice does meaning error with 'a vegetable garden'. It can mean - there is One vegetable garden simultaneously present in multiple backyards.

(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
-- Pronoun error with 'its'. Also does meaning error with 'a vegetable garden' as explained in choice A

(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
-- Meaning error. It nonsensically means that 2 out of 5 households will harvest from multiple gardens found in One backyard.

(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
-- This is correct. No pronoun or meaning error as found in other choices.

(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot
-- Meaning error. It nonsensically means that 2 out of 5 households will harvest in one garden in one backyard or one city lot. The intended meaning requires multiple backyards/lots.

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