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

(A) a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commercial space

(B) one that an individual or individuals own with fewer than eight units and no commercial 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 commercial 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 commercial space
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30 Jan 2007, 16:24
Between E and C ...

hmm .. I will pick C

I think the term "building" is essential here.
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30 Jan 2007, 17:05
I pick E.

Was deciding between C and E. But C has a weird construction with "is owned by". If i remove the stuff in the middle, the sentence would read "a building... is owned by an individual or individuals" which doesn't make sense.
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30 Jan 2007, 17:23
I would say E

one that has...that is...and that has...
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31 Jan 2007, 12:26
E. Only one with parallel structure throughout.
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31 Jan 2007, 12:34
OA is E

Last edited by adub35 on 21 Feb 2007, 16:30, edited 1 time in total.
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31 Jan 2007, 12:46
i would go with E,

A seems to have a modifer problem.... "individuals do not have fewer than eight units "

But I guess I am wrong.....why is E wrong?
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31 Jan 2007, 13:36
my pick was C..

OA is A? really? shd not be, as 'having less than eight..' clause is not clear whether it refers to invidicual or building..

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31 Jan 2007, 18:31
yeah, A makes it sound as though the individuals have 8 or less units.
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31 Jan 2007, 19:25
A seems wrong. It sounds like the individuals have less than 8 units. IMO, E is best.
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02 Feb 2007, 09:27
E is cleaner but did not like the use of word â€˜oneâ€™ in it.
Need building so left with A & C.
â€˜Less than 8 unitsâ€™ is wrong.
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11 Feb 2007, 04:26
C) seems to be the best answer available though E) is also free of errors but less clear compared to C).

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11 Feb 2007, 09:14
only E parallel and does not distort the meaning of the scentence
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12 Feb 2007, 20:03
A private house in New York City is a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commercial space.

(A) a building owned by an individual or individuals having less than eight units and no commercial space

(B) one that an individual or individuals own with fewer than eight units and no commercial space

A and B are wrong because '... units and commercial space' should be placed near the building. Otherwise, such as in A and B, the units and space appear to modify individuals.

(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 commercial space and it is owned by an individual or individuals

one is already the subject. so 'it' is redundant here.

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

units and space modify the 'one' and have similar meaning. should not separate them.

So, yes C.
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15 Feb 2007, 08:38
hello everyone, i am new here, but i would like to say that after a long check i realized why it is A.

If you all notice that both C and E sounds excellent, yet gramatically they are wrong. One can't say AND IS OWNED, you must say AND IT IS OWNED.......

In the option A there seems to be no mistake, therefore it must be A
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15 Feb 2007, 08:39
hello everyone, i am new here, but i would like to say that after a long check i realized why it is A.

If you all notice that both C and E sounds excellent, yet gramatically they are wrong. One can't say AND IS OWNED, you must say AND IT IS OWNED.......

In the option A there seems to be no mistake, therefore it must be A
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16 Feb 2007, 07:45
If iam not sidetracking...here's a correction in the previous post
C and E sound excellent.

Coming to question we have...
Well, as somebody said previously 'Building' is a important constituent. Also the way C preasents facts X, Y and Z is good. So C sounded good to me.
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20 Feb 2007, 12:37
I actually came up with A on this one....

the beginning of the underlined piece must state that it is "a building" not "one" - "one" just does not work.

So you are left with A and C....C changes the sentence but doesnt add anything and changes the order slightly which could affect the meaning. A is the only choice left - in this case not the best but the best of whats available, as is the case with so many GMAT questions.
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20 Feb 2007, 23:05
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21 Feb 2007, 11:36
even i thoght of E.......
but how can we have 2 diff. OAs????
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