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None of the houses that Frank Lloyd Wright built in the Prairie Style actually stood on the prairie, though the drawings in the 1910 Wasmuth edition of his work shows the buildings in the vast spaces of an imaginary Wild West.

A. work shows the buildings
B. work shows that the buildings were
C. works show the buildings
D. works show the buildings as being
E. works show the buildings to have been

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In keeping with some of the themes in our beginner’s guide to SC, this is yet another question that plays around with meaning. If you try to get too mechanical, this one will bite you in the butt.

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A. work shows the buildings

One of my best students just got punked by (A) a few days ago.

Superficially, the subject-verb agreement is great here: “work shows.” But it would be a mistake is to start looking for other issues. Trouble is, “work” isn’t the subject that performs the action “shows” in this sentence: the subject is actually “drawings.” So it should be “drawings… show…” (A) is out.

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B. work shows that the buildings were

(B) is easy to eliminate for the same reason as (A). If you saw this on an actual exam, you should cross it out and move on.

But there’s more going on here! If we think strictly and literally about the meaning of this sentence, it doesn’t quite work: “the drawings… show that the buildings were in the vast spaces of an imaginary Wild West.” Literally, it sounds like the drawings are somehow proving that those buildings were actually in the vast spaces of the Wild West, and that’s obviously ridiculous. Hold onto that thought – more of this sort of thing is coming in a moment.

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C. works show the buildings

This looks fine. Subject-verb is good, and we don’t have that goofy bit of “certainty” that appears in (B) (“shows that the buildings were in… the Wild West”). The meaning is OK in (C): the drawings show the buildings in an imaginary Wild West, but without suggesting that the buildings were actually in the Wild West. Keep (C).

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D. works show the buildings as being

If you want to play the “being sounds funny!” card here, that’s OK, I guess. But the stronger reason to eliminate (D) comes down to meaning again: literally, (D) seems to imply that the drawings somehow show that the buildings were actually in the Wild West, and that’s ridiculous. And at the very least, there’s no reason for the extra words here. (D) is out.

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E. works show the buildings to have been

The exact same logic we used in (D) applies to (E), except that (E) uses the nicer-sounding “to have been” instead of “as being.” But it’s still wrong, even if it sounds nicer. (And we don’t care about sound, anyway.) So (E) is out, and (C) is correct.
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None of the houses that Frank Lloyd Wright built in the Prairie Style actually stood on the prairie, though the drawings in the 1910 Wasmuth edition of his work shows the buildings in the vast spaces of an imaginary Wild West.

A. work shows the buildings
B. work shows that the buildings were
C. works show the buildings
D. works show the buildings as being
E. works show the buildings to have been


If we ignore the prepositional phrase, then the subject of the dependent clause is drawings. It would need a plural verb (show) so options A and B are eliminated for S-V error (shows).

Among options C, D and E - will like to go for option C.

This is a statement or a fact. We don't need 'have been'. The drawings show them (the buildings) in a particular way.

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I totallyagree with the explanation of warriorguy
I will also go for C..
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Why this question have been tagged as 700 - Doesn't it test S- V rule only?
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Why this question have been tagged as 700 - Doesn't it test S- V rule only?


No offense Leo8 my friend, sometimes its really hard to get even the SV agreement correct. I almost chose the wrong option myself. Also we can eliminate only 2 options out of 5 using this rule.
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anurag - I wasn't being complacent my friend.but thanks for replying.

Option c was short ad concise and it was standing ahead of the rest two right s-v answer choices but the tagging of 700 forced me to think what's happening in option E and I messed my timing.. I was just trying to understand what else may be tested here ?
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None of the houses that Frank Lloyd Wright built in the Prairie Style actually stood on the prairie, though the drawings in the 1910 Wasmuth edition of his work shows the buildings in the vast spaces of an imaginary Wild West.

A. work shows the buildings
B. work shows that the buildings were
C. works show the buildings
D. works show the buildings as being
E. works show the buildings to have been

Opton C fits the bet

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None of the houses that Frank Lloyd Wright built in the Prairie Style actually stood on the prairie, though the drawings in the 1910 Wasmuth edition of his work shows the buildings in the vast spaces of an imaginary Wild West.

A. work shows the buildings
B. work shows that the buildings were
C. works show the buildings
D. works show the buildings as being
E. works show the buildings to have been

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The answer is C

"Drawings " is aplural subject so we need plural verb .

The use of being in is not good in D

E is wordy and there no need to have " to have been " as the sentence is in past .

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I have a question regarding the use work and works ?
Which one is correct ?
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The answer is C for sure.. It only has subject verb agreement error..

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None of the houses that Frank Lloyd Wright built in the Prairie Style actually stood on the prairie, though the drawings in the 1910 Wasmuth edition of his work shows the buildings in the vast spaces of an imaginary Wild West.

A. work shows the buildings
SV error . the drawings (plural) shows (singular)

B. work shows that the buildings were
same as A

C. works show the buildings
Correct

D. works show the buildings as being
wrong
E. works show the buildings to have been
wrong tense. present perfect 'have been'

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anurag - I wasn't being complacent my friend.but thanks for replying.

Option c was short ad concise and it was standing ahead of the rest two right s-v answer choices but the tagging of 700 forced me to think what's happening in option E and I messed my timing.. I was just trying to understand what else may be tested here ?


Well I mean like on the actual test you're not going to know whether you're dealing with a 500 ,600 or even 700 level questions. I know what you mean, when you go into a 700 level question knowing its a 700 level question usually you anticipate more steps and are less eager to rush into a question. But sometimes even 700 level questions are easy and 500 level questions are hard- now. Like I almost hit "end exam" on a practice test because the math was too easy in the middle, which is usually a bad sign. Though I stuck through the exam and actually broke my highest pt for quant. The directory is not perfect - I mean obviously it does a good job of putting questions into the right category but you shouldn't take the categorizations as the gospel truth.

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None of the houses that Frank Lloyd Wright built in the Prairie Style actually stood on the prairie, though the drawings in the 1910 Wasmuth edition of his work shows the buildings in the vast spaces of an imaginary Wild West.

A. work shows the buildings
B. work shows that the buildings were
C. works show the buildings
D. works show the buildings as being
E. works show the buildings to have been

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a hard meaning point is here.

look at choic e, "show somebody to do" is IDIOMATIC
the drawings show the building to have been designed finely
is correct and logic.

choice E, though idiomatic is not logic.
the drawing show the building to have been in vast spaces.

this illogic point is hard to realize, making this problem 700 level

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