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# Textbooks for the used book sale should be in good condition and shoul

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16 Jan 2019, 03:29
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Textbooks for the used book sale should be in good condition and should have no writing in them or be underlined.

(A) and should have no writing in them or be underlined
(B) and should not have writing in them or not be underlined
(C) and contain no writing or underlining
(D) without containing writing nor be underlined
(E) without having any writing or no underlining in them

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07 Jun 2019, 02:46
It's C.
Parallelism in 'no writing or underlining'
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07 Jun 2019, 04:33
I will go for B.
We need should after and to keep the sentence in parallel.
So eliminating C, D and E.
Between A and B, I selected B. Again to keep not have writing in them and not be underlined in parallel.
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15 Jun 2019, 13:41
not able to eliminate option B ,although I understand C is more concise and clear . can anyone help in why B is wrong ?
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16 Jun 2019, 05:36
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r19 wrote:
not able to eliminate option B ,although I understand C is more concise and clear . can anyone help in why B is wrong ?

Same question, can some experts help to explain? Thanks in advance.
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19 Jun 2019, 04:05
leehaorobert wrote:
r19 wrote:
not able to eliminate option B ,although I understand C is more concise and clear . can anyone help in why B is wrong ?

Same question, can some experts help to explain? Thanks in advance.

"writing" and "underlined" are not parallel in option B.
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19 Jun 2019, 08:47
pa1deep91 wrote:
leehaorobert wrote:
r19 wrote:
not able to eliminate option B ,although I understand C is more concise and clear . can anyone help in why B is wrong ?

Same question, can some experts help to explain? Thanks in advance.

"writing" and "underlined" are not parallel in option B.

they are parallel, both are verbs and describing the same context
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19 Jun 2019, 09:17
leehaorobert wrote:
r19 wrote:
not able to eliminate option B ,although I understand C is more concise and clear . can anyone help in why B is wrong ?

Same question, can some experts help to explain? Thanks in advance.

Let us take option B in the original sentence

Textbooks for the used book sale should be in good condition and should not have writing in them or not be underlined.

See the bold part of the sentence, Does it not sound like, Adam should not play cricket or not play football. Saying it in this way distorts the meaning and looks as if there is a double negation happening in the second part:

• play cricket or
• not play football

If disected further this will mean
• Adam should not play cricket or
• Adam should play football (non not get negated)

Hence B can not be true

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