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# Certain blocks of Melbourne, most notably the tiny alleyways throughou

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Certain blocks of Melbourne, most notably the tiny alleyways throughout the central business district, seem to have more pubs and restaurants than there are people.

A. there are
B. their
C. are
D. they have
E. do

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01 Apr 2017, 00:59
i thinks it's D and it's correct but i don't know the reason ...
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01 Apr 2017, 01:27
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Certain blocks of Melbourne, most notably the tiny alleyways throughout the central business district, seem to have more pubs and restaurants than there are people.

A. there are
B. their
C. are
D. they have
E. do

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

This comparison problem begs for an apples-to-apples comparison, as the sentence compares the number of pubs/restaurants on those blocks of Melbourne to the number of people on those blocks.

Choice D makes that proper, parallel comparison. The blocks seem to have more restaurants than they (the blocks) have people.

In terms of parallel, logical comparison, choice E perhaps makes the most egregious error, comparing the number of pubs that these blocks have to the number of pubs that "people do," meaning the number that "people" have. Choice B is similar if more ambiguous - is it comparing the pubs the block has to the pubs that the block's people have?

Choice C should clearly be wrong from a logical and diction perspective. And choice A, among other problems, exhibits a significant lack of clarity. Does "there are" mean the number of people that are on those blocks? That there are in the world at large?

Choice D makes a logical, clear comparison and is therefore the correct answer.
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Updated on: 08 May 2017, 10:19
Doesn't it sound weird?
"Blocks have people"

It sounds illogical to me.

Originally posted by ariiet on 08 May 2017, 06:29.
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ariiet wrote:
Doesn't it sounds weird?
"Blocks have people"

It sounds illogical to me.

Hi ariiet,

You see blocks divides the areas. These blocks can have pubs, restaurants, apartments and houses. You must have noticed blocks say D block in some areas of cities where you can find too many pubs and restaurants but almost no house or apartments. You can say about such blocks that there are 20 pubs but not even 10 people live there. This is why the comparison is valid.
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11 Feb 2018, 00:01
Hii Experts, I am not able to digest How Blocks can have people? I think people are in the block not blocks have them
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Hii Experts, I am not able to digest How Blocks can have people? I think people are in the block not blocks have them

You can think of 'blocks' as a physical space. This might be confusing to you, but don't we say that this area of the city has a lot of people? Basically the question is trying to compare people with pubs and restaurants. It may seem weird, but once you understand what the sentence is trying to convey, you'll get to the right answer. BTW, this is a non-official question, so don't spend too much time focusing on the awkwardness.

Hope this helps!
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12 Feb 2018, 13:59
Hi hazelnut,

Whenever you see a question that has so little underlined, start by looking at simple problems like subject-verb agreement or parallel structure. Since these answers don't seem to deal with verbs, let's look more closely at parallel structure.

The phrase your answer needs to match up with is "to have more pubs and restaurants," so let's put them together with this phrase to see which one is parallel:

A. to have more... than there are = WRONG
B. to have more...than their = WRONG
C. to have more...than are = WRONG
D. to have more...than they have = CORRECT
E. to have more...than do = WRONG
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13 Feb 2018, 16:11
ariiet wrote:
Doesn't it sound weird?
"Blocks have people"

It sounds illogical to me.

Hi ariiet!

That's a great question. In most instances, it would make more sense to rewrite this to avoid saying that blocks "have" people. However, since we're stuck with the sentence as it is, it's best to use parallel structure where possible. Consider switching the word "have" to "contain." It means the same thing, but sounds nicer:

Certain blocks of Melbourne, most notably the tiny alleyways throughout the central business district, seem to contain more pubs and restaurants than they contain people.

While it does sound illogical, we sometimes have to make the best of what we've been given! I hope this helps!
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03 May 2018, 04:55
hazelnut wrote:
Certain blocks of Melbourne, most notably the tiny alleyways throughout the central business district, seem to have more pubs and restaurants than there are people.

A. there are
B. their
C. are
D. they have
E. do

Official explanation says Choice C should clearly be wrong from a logical and diction perspective? I can't understand how?
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