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# A private house in New York City is a building owned by an

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06 Sep 2005, 05:30
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A private house in New York City is a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight unites and no commerical space.

A) a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commerical space
B) one that an individual or individuals own with fewer than eight units and no commerical space
C) a building with fewer than eight units, no commercial space, and is owned by an individual or individuals
D) one that has fewer than eight units, no commerical space and it is owned by an individual or individuals
E) one that has fewer than eight units, is owned by an individual or individuals, and has no commerical space.
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06 Sep 2005, 05:48
I would go with E. It's the only one with parallel structure among the verbs.
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06 Sep 2005, 06:41
A private house is 'one...' but one what? This is not clearly stated. It appears to suggest 'a private house is one (private house)' which is quite nonscensical. So B, D and E are out.

A is out as well as the modifiers for the building should come after the noun

C is the best choice.
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07 Sep 2005, 06:44
How can it be C? C is not parallel.
Here is the structure of C

C) A private house in New York City is
a building with fewer than eight units,
no commercial space,
and is owned by an individual or individuals

E) one that has fewer than eight units,
is owned by an individual or individuals,
and has no commerical space.

It has to be E. E is parallel and the restrictive relative clause has 3 predicates in parallel.
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07 Sep 2005, 14:23
All of them look wrong. I agree that "building" is needed, which leaves only A or C as options. A is out (it's not the individuals that have less than eight units, it's the building) and C has an awkward structure and "no commercial space" should be preceded by "has" to maintain a parallel structure.

I would go with "E" if "one" were replaced by "a building".

What is OE?
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07 Sep 2005, 15:03
C) could be broken this way.....

A private house in New York City is a building with..... fewer than eight units,
A private house in New York City is a building with..... no commercial space,
and
A private house in New York City is a building with..... is owned by an individual or individuals ????

E) could be broken this way....

A private house in New York City..... is one that has fewer than eight units,
A private house in New York City..... is owned by an individual or individuals, and
A private house in New York City.....has no commercial space.

E seems correct to me..
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07 Sep 2005, 15:50
ywilfred wrote:
A private house is 'one...' but one what? This is not clearly stated. It appears to suggest 'a private house is one (private house)' which is quite nonscensical. So B, D and E are out.

A is out as well as the modifiers for the building should come after the noun

C is the best choice.

One is a noun and can take many forms.

One of my friends ate an apple. How do you know here that one is referring to friend. It is the context in which it is used.

He is the one who broke the glass.

E is complete. C is not even parallel. You need to substitute AND for ',' to parallel the series started. You can not combine the verbs and predicates in the series in any way. either verb needs to be carried to all the members in the series or verb can be the part of first element and can be ommitted from the rest.
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07 Sep 2005, 16:00
I think the answer is <b>E</b>. It's the only one that's parallel (to me). Please reveal OE! Oh, the suspense!
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07 Sep 2005, 18:27

here is how I read it now...i dont know why I picked C...

A private house in New York City is one that has fewer than eight units,

A private house in New York City is owned by an individual or individuals

A private house in New York City, has no commerical space

so E it is...
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07 Sep 2005, 18:53
My first response after reading the question was "C". After reading this forum's discussion now I am confused. What is the OA?
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09 Sep 2005, 05:46
OA is E.
09 Sep 2005, 05:46
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