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# Before the primary school can open to the public in time for the fall

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Before the primary school can open to the public in time for the fall semester, the crew in charge of the project must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior.

(A) must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior

(B) must finish construction of, cleaning, and safety-proof its interior

(C) must finish constructing, cleaning and safety-proofing it’s interior

(D) must finish constructing, cleaning, and safety-proofing its interior

(E) must finish construction, cleaning and safety-proofing the interior

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15 Feb 2019, 20:37
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Bunuel wrote:
Before the primary school can open to the public in time for the fall semester, the crew in charge of the project must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior.

(A) must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior

(B) must finish construction of, cleaning, and safety-proof its interior

(C) must finish constructing, cleaning and safety-proofing it’s interior

(D) must finish constructing, cleaning, and safety-proofing its interior

(E) must finish construction, cleaning and safety-proofing the interior

IMO, it's will be referring back to the crew, which is an illogical reference

So as per the intent, only B , D and E remain

B is out for incorrect ||ism

D is the correct answer

E is out for illogical construction after "the interior"
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26 Feb 2019, 10:32
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KanishkM wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Before the primary school can open to the public in time for the fall semester, the crew in charge of the project must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior.

(A) must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior

(B) must finish construction of, cleaning, and safety-proof its interior

(C) must finish constructing, cleaning and safety-proofing it’s interior

(D) must finish constructing, cleaning, and safety-proofing its interior

(E) must finish construction, cleaning and safety-proofing the interior

IMO, it's will be referring back to the crew, which is an illogical reference

So as per the intent, only B , D and E remain

B is out for incorrect ||ism

D is the correct answer

E is out for illogical construction after "the interior"

Hi, I choose D over C as it's in option C refers to the crew. Is my reasoning correct???
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26 Feb 2019, 12:06
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Kezia9 wrote:
KanishkM wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Before the primary school can open to the public in time for the fall semester, the crew in charge of the project must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior.

(A) must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior

(B) must finish construction of, cleaning, and safety-proof its interior

(C) must finish constructing, cleaning and safety-proofing it’s interior

(D) must finish constructing, cleaning, and safety-proofing its interior

(E) must finish construction, cleaning and safety-proofing the interior

IMO, it's will be referring back to the crew, which is an illogical reference

So as per the intent, only B , D and E remain

B is out for incorrect ||ism

D is the correct answer

E is out for illogical construction after "the interior"

Hi, I choose D over C as it's in option C refers to the crew. Is my reasoning correct???

Kezia9 , (C) incorrectly uses the contraction "it's," which means it is.

its is a possessive pronoun (as is, e.g., their)

(C) is also missing an Oxford comma.

What makes you think that it's (pretend that the word says ITS) refers to the crew?

And why does D not refer to the crew?
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27 Feb 2019, 02:56
Bunuel wrote:
Before the primary school can open to the public in time for the fall semester, the crew in charge of the project must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior.

(A) must finish construction, cleaning, and safety-proofing it’s interior

(B) must finish construction of, cleaning, and safety-proof its interior

(C) must finish constructing, cleaning and safety-proofing it’s interior

(D) must finish constructing, cleaning, and safety-proofing its interior

(E) must finish construction, cleaning and safety-proofing the interior

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

D. must finish constructing, cleaning, and safety-proofing its interior

Two primary problems exist in this sentence. The easiest to spot is likely the use of it’s (the contraction of it is) instead of the possessive form its. Eliminate Choices (A) and (C). Then check parallel structure in the underlined list. All projects must share the same grammatical form. Choices (B) and (E) improperly mix the noun construction with the gerund forms of cleaning and safety-proofing, and Choice (E) improperly defines construction as cleaning and safety-proofing the interior. The only answer choice that corrects both issues is Choice (D).
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