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Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.

(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

Guys, can we sort out the above question?
I have no clue at this stage; would appreciate explanations.
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Guys, can we sort out the below question?
I have no clue at this stage; would appreciate explanations.

251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

well, few refers to countable things such as cars. 1 car, 2 cars, 3 cars

few services. 1 service, 2 services, 3....
that leaves C and E.

little refers to size. water cannot be big or little.

Therefore E.
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14 Jul 2007, 09:54
botirvoy wrote:
Guys, can we sort out the below question?
I have no clue at this stage; would appreciate explanations.

251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

E. its between A and E and choose E. in A, it is not clear whether services are also little. if it is its wrong cuz services cannot be little and water can be.
because of SV problem, BCD, all are wrong. therefore, left with E.
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14 Jul 2007, 10:36

fewer services and little water exists
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botirvoy wrote:
Guys, can we sort out the below question?
I have no clue at this stage; would appreciate explanations.

251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

I agree with E. we need an answer choice that uses adjectives on both water and services. So, C and E survive. C is wrong because of the faulty SVA.
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11 Sep 2010, 05:26
thanks for the explanation. i was wondering why C is wrong.. S-V agreement .. tricky Question.
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I won't be able to pick any of the answers from this list, but if I had to guess, I would go with E.

(A) little water or services exist --- in this form, little applies to both water and services. since services are countable, you can not use little (i.e. little services - even sounds awkward).
(B) little water or services exists -- singular exists does not agree with plural water
(C) few services and little water exists -- changes meaning of sentence -- and/or
(D) there is little water or services available -- same explanation as A (i.e. little services)
(E) there are few services and little available water -- correct use of few and little, but changes or to and.
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11 Sep 2010, 08:25
E...explanation same as given by CEO facing the wall !
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01 Jan 2011, 03:59
(E)

(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water
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25 Apr 2011, 22:05
Answer is E, Too much focus goes on to "few and little" that S-V agreement is missed out and C is marked as answer (exists). Good one
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12 Dec 2011, 19:48
I got the question wrong because I outright neglected the "THERE" .

It is clearly not the best to neglect there alltogther. Could some one plz help me with the usage of there in gmat
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12 Dec 2011, 20:11
I came down to C and E too.But Chose C. Got confused over the SV agreement.

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Guys, can we sort out the below question?
I have no clue at this stage; would appreciate explanations.

251. Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.
(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

E is right
services is countable noun. we can not use little. hence, A,B,D is eliminated
in C, .... and .... we use plural verb. C is eliminated
So, E should be chosen
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Wouldn't 'and' in E be wrong?? ... it changes the meaning ...
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30 Mar 2013, 08:33
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Wouldn't 'and' in E be wrong?? ... it changes the meaning ...

remember you are picking the better answer, not the best....
do you want to sacrifice the meaning or grammar of the answer choice? we are first being tested for grammar in this section..... all other answer choices have wrong grammar used....
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03 Apr 2013, 15:40
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Good question. Sure the answer is E. Here's my 2 cents.

Firstly, countable and uncountable:
Service is countable --> must use few, not little. A, B and D are out.
Secondly, X and Y are plural, not singular. C is out because "Few X and little Y exists" is wrong.

So E is the best.
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Well a little ambiguous is better than a clear Outrightly different sentence... Option E says More area in places where " Little Water + Few Services" have to exist.

Just little water or few services; either one wont be the condition.
But this differs with the original sentence. So either Go for A or D.

P.s.: I chose D 'coz option A says services and water exist: Well services are made available or are available; they dont exist naturally.
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Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.

(A) little water or services exist
(B) little water or services exists
(C) few services and little water exists
(D) there is little water or services available
(E) there are few services and little available water

Guys, can we sort out the above question?
I have no clue at this stage; would appreciate explanations.

(A) little water or services existIncorrect as services cannot be "little".Its not a quantity..its a number
(B) little water or services existsIncorrect as services cannot be "little".Its not a quantity..its a number.Also it cannot be"exists".. They "exist"
(C) few services and little water existsFor plural we use exist
(D) there is little water or services availableincorrect- as services are plural so is should not be there
(E) there are few services and little available water- Grammatically correct
My Doubt- Here "or" is replaced by "and" -it has changed the meaning of the sentence.How can this be the correct option?
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17 Apr 2014, 12:23
Here we have another question on following thread:
gmat-club-grammar-book-due-to-the-fact-that-there-are-many-144845.html

does it's OA make any sense with choice C of this current thread ?
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01 Jul 2014, 08:34
The 'or' in the question is changed to 'and' in the answer choice C and E . Does that not matter ?
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