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Nine months after the county banned jet skis and other motor bikes from the tranquil waters of Puget Sound, a judge overturned the ban on the ground of violating state laws for allowing the use of personal watercraft on common waterways.



laws allow the use of personal watercraft - thus, it should be as a noun modifier.

A. of violating state laws for allowing
on the ground of - suspicious. overturned the ban for allowing - not correct.

B. of their violating state laws to allow
their who? jet skis and motor bikes? it is illogical.
moreover, this choice changes the meaning. the judge overturned the ban to allow..as explained above, this is incorrect.

C. that it violates state laws that allowed
present simple when we clearly have action in the past. incorrect.

D. that it violated state laws allowing
looks good.

E. that state laws were being violated allowing
were the laws being continually violated?
violated allowing? awkward...

D for me.

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"Ground of" is a wrong idiom.

"of violating" and "for allowing" are wordy and awkward phrases. Keeping both in mind we can eliminate options A and B.

The pronoun "their" in option B is ambiguous because there's no logical plural noun for it to refer to, but "it" can logically refer to "the ban." The pronoun "it" isn't ambiguous here in option C and D; it refers to "the ban" unambiguously.

In C, “violates” is in the wrong tense. The judge “overturned the ban” (in the past). It is not possible that the ban “violates state laws” (in the present). Keep all the verbs in the same tense unless a change in tense is required. Eliminate C.

The tenses in D are correct. At the time the judge “overturned” the ban (in the past), the ban “violated”(also in the past) state laws allowing the use of personal watercraft on common waterways. The present participle “allowing” indicates an action contemporaneous with “violated”; the two actions took place at the same time.

E is indeed wordy and distorts the meaning. C has a tense error ("violates"), so D is the only answer choice without a grammar error.
The correct answer is D.
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