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# A 1964 ordinance in the city of Pittsburgh increased the number of peo

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12 Sep 2018, 10:22
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A 1964 ordinance in the city of Pittsburgh increased the number of people who had been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling in a residential neighborhood.

(A) increased the number of people who had been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling

(B) increased the number of people who are allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling

(C) increases the number of people who have been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling

(D) increased the number of people who had been occupying a single-family dwelling

(E) increases the number of people allowed foroccupation in a single-family dwelling

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12 Sep 2018, 11:15
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+1 for B.

(A) increased the number of people who had been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling --> Incorrect usage of past perfect tense

(B) increased the number of people who are allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling --> Correct, rectifies Verb-Tense error and conveys intended meaning

(C) increases the number of people who have been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling --> Verb-Tense error

(D) increased the number of people who had been occupying a single-family dwelling --> Incorrect usage of past perfect tense

(E) increases the number of people allowed foroccupation in a single-family dwelling --> Verb-Tense error

Hence, B.
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13 Sep 2018, 06:54
A 1964 ordinance in the city of Pittsburgh increased the number of people who had been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling in a residential neighborhood.

The sentence is about an event in past, So option B "who are allowed to occupy", the use of present tense in the sentence is unclear.

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29 Oct 2018, 12:17
jayashree1412 wrote:
A 1964 ordinance in the city of Pittsburgh increased the number of people who had been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling in a residential neighborhood.

The sentence is about an event in past, So option B "who are allowed to occupy", the use of present tense in the sentence is unclear.

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ordinance was indeed passed in past..but what its effect is presently also true and is being followed.

So use of present tense is perfect here.
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29 Oct 2018, 20:21
jayashree1412 wrote:
A 1964 ordinance in the city of Pittsburgh increased the number of people who had been allowed to occupy a single-family dwelling in a residential neighborhood.

The sentence is about an event in past, So option B "who are allowed to occupy", the use of present tense in the sentence is unclear.

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The intended meaning is that the number of people has increased. the did no increase in the past. Hence "are" is the correct usage.
Re: A 1964 ordinance in the city of Pittsburgh increased the number of peo   [#permalink] 29 Oct 2018, 20:21
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