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# The Navy has established strict rules of conduct for its

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The Navy has established strict rules of conduct for its seamen that prohibits the harassment of women, discrimination against minorities, and the hazing of new recruits .

A) prohibits the harassment of women, discrimination against minorities, and the hazing of new recruits
B ) prohibits the harassment of women, discriminating against minorities, and the hazing of new recruits
C ) prohibit the harassment of women, discriminating against minorities, and the hazing of new recruits
D ) prohibit the harassment of women, discrimination against minorities, and hazing of new recruits
E ) prohibits the harassment of women, discrimination against minorities, and to haze new recruits
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23 Feb 2004, 22:03
This is a Subject-Verb Agreement problem. Rules are the subject here, and so the verb must also be plural (prohibit). Eliminate A, B, and E for prohibits. We have a series here, which tells us that this is also a Parallel Construction problem. The words in the series must follow a consistent pattern. D is the only answer choice that boasts of a consistent pattern (harassment, discrimination, and hazing) and therefore is the correct answer.

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24 Feb 2004, 03:45
I agree to D as the best option among the given 5.

Still I feel parallelism in D is not observed completely, as hazing uses "ing" while "discrimination" and "prohibit" are not using "ing" forms.
So would appreciate if someone can explain it a bit more.
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24 Feb 2004, 06:10
prohibit A, B, and C.

Hazing is not a gerund but a noun.
There are some nouns which end with ~ing.

Main Entry: haz┬╖ing
Pronunciation: 'hA-zi[ng]
Function: noun
: the action of hazing; especially : an initiation process involving harassment
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