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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


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New post 09 Oct 2008, 04:55
rampuria wrote:
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


Please explain your answers


little VS few

Little - use it for uncountable entities like water, time, sand grains etc.
few - use it for countable entities like services, persons, rooms etc.

so we cannot have --- little water or services

we need fewer for services and little for water. We can throw out A & B and D also

There is another concept cleverly hidden in the answer choices -- Subject Verb Agreement

And VS or

"and" creates compound nouns -- plural
"or" -- verb depends on the subject near the second subject

We can eliminate C because it uses "exists" whereas we should be using "exist"

We are left with E

E is right ??
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between C and E I will choose C , E has redutant part 'there are'.

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New post 09 Oct 2008, 16:39
Man this is a weird one. I went with C.

No confidence in it whatsoever though :stupid

E is the next best answer IMO opinion, but I have my reservations about "little available water"

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Although, E seems to be changing the meaning by using "and", this is the best answer choice.

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