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The two storey building stood in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and was sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory, both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m.


A. The two storey building stood in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and was sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory, both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m.

B. The two storey building stand in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and is sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory : both these buildings are deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m.

C. The two storey building stands in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and is sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory : both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m.

D. The two storey building stood in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and was sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory : both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m.

E. The two storey building stood in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and was sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory and both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m.

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A. The two storey building stood in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and was sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory, both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m. --> Two ICs joined with a comma.

B. The two storey building stand in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and is sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory : both these buildings are deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m. --> No need of changing the tense.

C. The two storey building stands in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and is sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory : both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m. --> No need of changing the tense.

D. The two storey building stood in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and was sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory : both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m. --> The sentence after ":" tells the behaviour of how they are sandwiched.

E. The two storey building stood in a small courtyard off one of the main thoroughfares and was sandwiched between a warehouse and a clock factory and both these buildings were deserted between six p.m. and 8 a.m. --> Incorrect ||ism.
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The OA is dubious and debatable. A colon is required to indicate the nature or theme of the clause before it. All the three choices that use the colon(B, C, and D) fail in that regard. The prior part just talks about how the building was sandwiched between two buildings. It does not talk of the desertedness of the two buildings. Therefore, all the three are flawed and D cannot be the answer.
On the contrary, E sounds somewhat better. We can take the two-story building's standing off the thoroughfare and it being sandwiched as two arms of one series and the desertedness of the two adjacent buildings as the second factor, in which case it might be justifiable to use the second 'and' before the two buildings lying deserted. Even so, the missing of a comma before the second 'and, is a sore point.
Therefore, this is not a very helpful topic to learn from.
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New post 01 Feb 2019, 01:52
Starting with B, there is an obvious SV error. ‘stand’ is a plural verb being used with a singular noun ‘the two storey building’. It also unnecessarily changes tenses. Option C makes the same error of changing the tense, with its use of ‘is’. A is a run on sentence, two independent clauses are connected by a comma. Option E suffers from a parallelism error, and needs to have a comma before the second ‘and’. So, by PoE, we can say that D is the right answer.
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