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According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house

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According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, like that of earlier generations.

(A) like that of earlier generations ==> Missing verb (Making this sentence as phrase)

(B) as that for earlier generations ==> Missing verb (Making this sentence as phrase)

(C) just as earlier generations did ==> Earlier generations did not do "goals"

(D) as have earlier generations ==> Not parallel to "is"

(E) as it was of earlier generations ==> CORRECT
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... (S) owning and living ... (V) is ... (Mod) a goal ... of young adults, like that of earlier generations.


(A) like that of earlier generations
(B) as that for earlier generations
"that" is used to compare two different things, we need to use "it" to compare the antecedent "owning and living" to itself.

(C) just as earlier generations did
Not parallel to first clause, makes no sense... what did earlier generations do?

(D) as have earlier generations
Not parallel to first clause

(E) as it was of earlier generations
Parallel to first clause,
"owning and living" = it
"is" = was
"a goal" = (omitted)
"of young adults" = of earlier generations
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Cab Experts please shed light on why the singular verb is
correct for subject : owning and living ?
I assume owning and living are verb-ing acting as subjects (gerunds)
E.g. Singing is my hobby.
Singing: Verb-ing acting as noun
Main Verb: Is

What is the correct structure for:
Singing and traveling ARE my hobbies.

Whenever we see AND before the main verb (e.g. in OA = IS)
do not we ALWAYS use a plural verb?
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adkikani wrote:
Cab Experts please shed light on why the singular verb is
correct for subject : owning and living ?
I assume owning and living are verb-ing acting as subjects (gerunds)
E.g. Singing is my hobby.
Singing: Verb-ing acting as noun
Main Verb: Is

What is the correct structure for:
Singing and traveling ARE my hobbies.

Whenever we see AND before the main verb (e.g. in OA = IS)
do not we ALWAYS use a plural verb?

What you are saying is clearly logical and correct. When a subject consists of a list constructed via the use of "and," such as "the wolf and the bear," that subject should be paired with a plural verb.

So, what's going on in the sentence in this question?

What's going on is that the writer has taken some poetic license and is considering "owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land " a single thing, a single goal,as in, "What is your goal?" "My goal is to own and live in a freestanding house on its own land."

You can see that this stance makes some sense, as it doesn't really make sense to say that this person has two separate goals, owning a house and living in it.

So, whether the use of a singular verb or the use of a plural verb makes more sense is not clearly defined, and the writer has made the call that using a singular verb in this particular case makes more sense.

Now, you can use this example to enhance your SC performance, because, while in this case, the debatable choice of verb appears in the non-underlined portion of the sentence, in other questions, such questionable use of language can appear in OAs. So, by seeing that a somewhat nonstandard use of language might be considered acceptable, you may keep yourself from eliminating choices that SC question writers feel are, while sketchy or debatably wrong, the best.
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According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, like that of earlier generations.


(A) like that of earlier generations

(B) as that for earlier generations

(C) just as earlier generations did

(D) as have earlier generations

(E) as it was of earlier generations



B:


The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 2015

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Obvious error: Can't find any. Let's go for the choices

B: for kills parallelism. Rejected
C: kills parallelism. Rejected
D: kills parallelism. Rejected
E: as with a clause. E is for sure better than A

IMO E
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