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Christlers, the famous art house in London, owns several Hussains of various periods on account of having achieved an iconic status in the English art circle.

(A) on account of having
(B) on account of their having
(C) because they have
(D) because of having
(E) because it has
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Even i picked up E
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14 Mar 2009, 12:35
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C. I think "they" should refer to "Hussains". "it" in E seems to refer illogically to "Christlers".
The question is missing comma after "London".
nitya34 wrote:
Christlers, the famous art house in London owns several Hussains of various periods
on account of having achieved an iconic status in the English art circle.

A. on account of having
B. on account of their having
C. because they have
D. because of having
E. because it has

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14 Mar 2009, 13:06
Yes OA-C(hence the confusion)
pls check the last part
even if we treat it as S-V agreement
"who has achieved an iconic status in the English art circle"??
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14 Mar 2009, 23:20
Even I had picked E as well.

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17 Mar 2009, 04:21
Whats wrong with B?

It correctly uses the -ing form with the possessive? Is it passive
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17 Mar 2009, 07:41
Damn I got E too!

But I can see why C is correct now!

I think we really need to understand the question at times, rather than go by the rules or think about the previous similar questions that we have practiced.

Good question Nitya!

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26 Mar 2009, 04:15
can anybody tell what is wrong with B...

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02 Mar 2010, 07:21
nitya34 wrote:
Christlers, the famous art house in London, owns several Hussains of various periods
on account of having achieved an iconic status in the English art circle.

(A) on account of having
(B) on account of their having
(C) because they have
(D) because of having
(E) because it has

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C

its C. because fits well hence c,d,e. There are several paintings hence we need to use they have.

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02 Mar 2010, 08:17
I would go with B as well..
Can anyone please explain why is it not B?

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02 Mar 2010, 10:01
Christlers, the famous art house in London, owns several Hussains of various periods
on account of having achieved an iconic status in the English art circle.

(A) on account of having
(B) on account of their having
(C) because they have
(D) because of having
(E) because it has

B is wrong because it's awkward. Just say "on account of their having achieved....".
I think that it would be better to say "on account of their achievment..." or stg. like that.
C and E were contenders for me, but to be honest I chose E.
After reading all the posts above I see clearly now that C is correct.

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02 Mar 2010, 10:15
Seofah

You have provided the best explaination of why C and not E. But why is this not an amibiguous pronoun reference. Can't they refer to Christlers as well as Hussains. Both are things and ot people. It can apply to both of them as well. I went with E initially since Christelrs are staffed by people while Hussains are clearly pieces of art. Thanks in advance.

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C. I think "they" should refer to "Hussains". "it" in E seems to refer illogically to "Christlers".
The question is missing comma after "London".
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Christlers, the famous art house in London owns several Hussains of various periods
on account of having achieved an iconic status in the English art circle.

A. on account of having
B. on account of their having
C. because they have
D. because of having
E. because it has

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02 Mar 2010, 10:34
I chose E and i'm still not convinced that C is the best answer.

Christlers is the subject of the sentence and since it is an art house i would assume it is a thing, hence IT. If the question were rephrased, "The iconic board of directors of Christlers, the famous art house in London, owns several.............." i would have chosen C due to the word "they," referring to the board of directors of Christlers and not the art house itself.

does that make sense?

nitya34 wrote:
Christlers, the famous art house in London, owns several Hussains of various periods
on account of having achieved an iconic status in the English art circle.

(A) on account of having
(B) on account of their having
(C) because they have
(D) because of having
(E) because it has

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
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I chose E and i'm still not convinced that C is the best answer.

Christlers is the subject of the sentence and since it is an art house i would assume it is a thing, hence IT. If the question were rephrased, "The iconic board of directors of Christlers, the famous art house in London, owns several.............." i would have chosen C due to the word "they," referring to the board of directors of Christlers and not the art house itself.

does that make sense?

nitya34 wrote:
Christlers, the famous art house in London, owns several Hussains of various periods
on account of having achieved an iconic status in the English art circle.

(A) on account of having
(B) on account of their having
(C) because they have
(D) because of having
(E) because it has

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C

"Hussains have acheived an iconic status in the English art circle" NOT the Christlers. Thus, it is C.

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02 Mar 2010, 11:35
I think this is difficult to be picked up y the non native speakers. As in my case, I went by book and thought E is the answer.

As usual... why cant an art house receive a iconic status? Bcoz it just cannot....!!!! so "they" should be used to refer to Husains who are apt to receive iconic status.

Can we say it this way ?

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well I am a native english speaker...I ve been speaking my whole life and I don't get some of this!
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03 Mar 2010, 06:57
I chose E thinking that it was an easy question.but now I understand why C is the correct answer.

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03 Mar 2010, 13:17
I also picked E at first too because I used "it" to as the pronoun to Christlers. However, now I see that an art house cannot be part of an "English art circle" since it is not art. That means the pronoun would have to match the only feasible object which is the Husains.

Some the two issues with this problem was "pronoun use" and "meaning".

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13 Mar 2010, 09:27
Can anyone give a convincing explanation of why it's not B?

'On account of their having' seems equally good as 'because they have' and has no grammatical errors. In fact, if the sentence is read aloud option B sounds somehow more right to me.
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08 Sep 2010, 00:33
Its C.

They refers to Hussains and C is the most clear & concise answer.

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