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# Despite the Puritan sumptuary laws prohibiting the wearing of bright

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Despite the Puritan sumptuary laws prohibiting the wearing of bright or elaborate clothing, if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public.

(A) if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

(B) if one had either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

(C) having either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds would allow one to publicly display their material prosperity

(D) those with either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were allowed to display their material prosperity in public

(E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity

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Despite the Puritan sumptuary laws prohibiting the wearing of bright or elaborate clothing, if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public.

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A) if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

At first glance, this has a pronoun issue with "one" and "you", which is shifting throughout the sentence. Consistency is necessary. "Their" is also the incorrect number for "one" or "you".

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B) if one had either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public.

"Their" is also the incorrect number for "one" or "you".

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C) having either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds would allow one to publicly display their material prosperity

"Their" is also the incorrect number for "one" or "you".

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D) those with either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were allowed to displaytheir material prosperity in public

Correct.

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E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity

Changes the meaning a bit.... "permitted to" vs. "permitted".

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27 Apr 2019, 05:49
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Despite the Puritan sumptuary laws prohibiting the wearing of bright or elaborate clothing, if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public.

A) if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

B) if one had either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

C) having either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds would allow one to publicly display their material prosperity

D) those with either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were allowed to display their material prosperity in public

E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity

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IMHO D

A) if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

B) if one had either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

C) having either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds would allow one to publicly display their material prosperity

D) those with either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were allowed to display their material prosperity in public CORRECT

E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity
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01 May 2019, 02:55
generis wrote:
Despite the Puritan sumptuary laws prohibiting the wearing of bright or elaborate clothing, if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public.

A) if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

B) if one had either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

C) having either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds would allow one to publicly display their material prosperity

D) those with either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were allowed to display their material prosperity in public

E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity

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this question is an example of what gmat prefer. some point of grammar/style is not explained in grammar books but is prefered by gmat.
why choice E is wrong?

gmat prefer verb "to display" over noun "display". action should be presented by verb not by noun. this way make sentence more direct and clear.

this is the point gmat prefer. we do not need to understand more. choose a choice in which action is presented by verb not by noun.

in short, gmat prefer verb over noun. choose the choice with verb and eliminate the choice with noun.

that is all we need to know.
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Despite the Puritan sumptuary laws prohibiting the wearing of bright or elaborate clothing, if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public.

(A) if you had either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

(B) if one had either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds one was permitted to display their material prosperity in public

(C) having either a liberal education or annual income of two hundred pounds would allow one to publicly display their material prosperity

(D) those with either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were allowed to display their material prosperity in public

(E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity

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01 May 2019, 12:12
Hi - I could not find any fault in Option (E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity.

Kindly shed some light on this please
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Hi - I could not find any fault in Option (E) those having either a liberal education or an annual income of two hundred pounds were permitted their public display of material prosperity.

Kindly shed some light on this please

Hi rnn,
Participle clause “having........pounds” correctly modifies the subject those.
Phrase “their public display of material prosperity” is wrong. Those individuals were permitted TO do something. That something here is “their public display”, which is just awkwardly constructed.
Had the sentence been written as “ were permitted to display their material prosperity in public.”, it would have been correct.

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21 Jul 2019, 05:49
What does "those" in choice D refer to? I can't find the antecedent. Is it okay to use "those" without antecedent?

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