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# The capacity to follow instructions of a parallel processor

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19 Jan 2005, 11:38
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The capacity to follow instructions of a parallel processor is not limited by the speed at which its components can operate but by its ability to integrate the work of each component.
(A) The capacity to follow instructions of a parallel processor is not limited by
(B) The capacity to follow instructions in a parallel processor is not limited to
(C) The capacity to follow instructions in a parallel processor are not limited to
(D) A parallel processor's capacity to follow instructions are not limited by
(E) A parallel processor's capacity to follow instructions is not limited by

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19 Jan 2005, 14:19
E or A, but reading A sounds like another meaning other than the intended meaning so i will go with E.
Though limited to is a correct idiom, i think parallelism with "but by its ability to integrate the work of each component" is what makes our options limited to A, D or E.
D is definitely wrong because capacity is singular but here it is used as plural.
After closer look, I will go with E.

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19 Jan 2005, 22:19
can somebody please explain this. we do not choose A cause it is in the passive voice, where as E is in active voice?

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20 Jan 2005, 13:16
OA is (E)
How to choose between "The capacity to follow instructions of a parallel processor" and "A parallel processor's capacity to follow instructions"?
Or in general, which one better?

A of B
or
B's A

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14 Feb 2010, 05:45
Since OA is E, that would make the correct sentence -

A parallel processor's capacity to follow instructions is not limited by the speed at which its components can operate but by its ability to integrate the work of each component.

Now what does 'its' refer back to - Capacity or Parallel Processor?

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15 Feb 2010, 13:20
rohityes wrote:
Since OA is E, that would make the correct sentence -

A parallel processor's capacity to follow instructions is not limited by the speed at which its components can operate but by its ability to integrate the work of each component.

Now what does 'its' refer back to - Capacity or Parallel Processor?

...after further reading I have learnt that - possessive pronouns can refer back to possessive nouns

So its refers to parallel processor's

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16 Feb 2010, 17:26
rohityes wrote:
rohityes wrote:
Since OA is E, that would make the correct sentence -

A parallel processor's capacity to follow instructions is not limited by the speed at which its components can operate but by its ability to integrate the work of each component.

Now what does 'its' refer back to - Capacity or Parallel Processor?

...after further reading I have learnt that - possessive pronouns can refer back to possessive nouns

So its refers to parallel processor's

" possessive pronouns can refer back to possessive nouns"

Thanks Rohityes. I picked E, but was not sure why B was wrong.

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