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An NBA order from the commissioner's office last month limited the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches had been allowed to wear during official NBA activities.

(A) limited the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches had been allowed to wear
(B) limited the clothing and accessories possibilities that players and coaches were being allowed to wear
(C) limits the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches have been allowed to wear
(D) limited the possible clothing and accessories that players and coaches are allowed to wear
(E) limits the possible clothing and accessories allowed to be worn by players and coaches
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14 Dec 2005, 00:54
C)...IMO it must be "limit" rather than "limited" b/c the order is till effective. C) or E) ??? E) is passive voice. so i take C) !
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14 Dec 2005, 01:04
the decision has been made earlier, but the the effect is present.

so we need to use limits ( simple present form)

only C and E uses that.
E is out because it uses passive form.

So C is the correct answer.
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14 Dec 2005, 02:30
C

Cause - Recent
Effect - Implemented and still effective. So we need "limits" as suggested by simple present tense

E is out because ETS doesn't reward "passive" people
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14 Dec 2005, 07:47
D is my choice.

The effect is in present, thus are allowed is correct.
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14 Dec 2005, 09:05
taquanghai wrote:
D is my choice.

The effect is in present, thus are allowed is correct.

Exactly
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14 Dec 2005, 14:47
Answer is D.

Limited and ARE ALLOWED are correct here.
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15 Dec 2005, 13:08
In choice (B), accessories possibilities-->should be accessory possibility
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15 Dec 2005, 14:15
C is right to me.

Limited gives a meaning that the rule is not continuing now. Hence, discard choices A, B, D.

E is wordy and hence C is correct.
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15 Dec 2005, 22:51
OA is D.

OE:

Spot the Error:
The presence of underlined verbs indicates that verbs are being tested. The presence of "limited" and "had been allowed to wear" in the underlined portion indicate that the sentence is testing verbs.

Rule and Fix:
A verb must agree with the noun that is refers to and must use the appropriate tense. The verb "limited" describes the order from the NBA and is correct in the past since it was issued a month ago.

POE:
Since the underlined verb "limited" is correct eliminate any choice that changes the form. This eliminates C and E.

Chunk and Compare:
A and B. B uses the passive voice "were being allowed" while A uses the active voice "had been allowed". Eliminate B.
A and D. A uses the incorrect past perfect. D uses the correct present tense since the gist of the order is still effective in the present. Eliminate A.

Reread your choice:
Choose D.
15 Dec 2005, 22:51
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