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This fall two out of five households in the United States will harvest some of their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots.

(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot

Originally posted by gayathri on 17 Jan 2005, 21:12.
Last edited by abhimahna on 22 Oct 2016, 23:47, edited 1 time in total.
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The right answer should be D. Here is why:-

As the sentences talks about two out of five households, the related pronouns used should be plural. Hence use your 3/2 technique to cross of answer choices with 'its' and shortlist down to 3 with 'their'.

(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
-- This choice does meaning error with 'a vegetable garden'. It can mean - there is One vegetable garden simultaneously present in multiple backyards.

(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
-- Pronoun error with 'its'. Also does meaning error with 'a vegetable garden' as explained in choice A

(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
-- Meaning error. It nonsensically means that 2 out of 5 households will harvest from multiple gardens found in One backyard.

(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
-- This is correct. No pronoun or meaning error as found in other choices.

(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot
-- Meaning error. It nonsensically means that 2 out of 5 households will harvest in one garden in one backyard or one city lot. The intended meaning requires multiple backyards/lots.
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New post 17 Jan 2005, 22:19
I will pick A.

Not sure on this but I dont think "it" is the correct pronoun for households.
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New post 18 Jan 2005, 06:30
OA is D.

I picked A too, I thought D was changing the meaning of the original sentence.

Btw, is there any rule as to when its ok to pick a choice with a slightly different meaning that given sentence? Or should we just use common sense? :?
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New post 18 Jan 2005, 07:31
gayathri can you please post the explanation given for D.
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New post 18 Jan 2005, 07:50
I will go with D.

Two households take the plural 'their' rather than the singular 'it'. vegetable gardens and backyards look better in plurals because a singular vegetable garden would mean that all the households will harvest the same vegetable garden.
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New post 18 Jan 2005, 07:54
I was between A and D.
Maybe A is wrong because you can suppose all this households will use the same garden while there is no hesitation with D.
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New post 18 Jan 2005, 08:00
When there are choices between "and" and "or", "or" seems to be always to correct answer.
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New post 18 Jan 2005, 12:11
vprabhala wrote:
gayathri can you please post the explanation given for D.


Its from a paper test and has no accompanying explanation.
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On closer analysis, A does imply that all families get their food from one vegetable gardens. D makes sense logically.
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New post 18 Jan 2005, 12:21
D is my answer. It's all plural like it is supposed to be...."..households...gardens...backyards...city lots"
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This fall two out of five households in the United States will harvest some of their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots.

(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot

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New post 29 Sep 2018, 04:21
gayathri wrote:
This fall two out of five households in the United States will harvest some of their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots.

(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots
(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot


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Hi....could you please explain this question......i am unable to discern how/why the meaning changes in the usage

vegetable garden ... a vegetable garden .... in a backyard....in backyards

thank you in advance
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New post 29 Sep 2018, 05:36
D is correct.
(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots - As per my understanding AND is not right here. It means "Vegetable garden in backyards and city lots together while intended meaning is vegetable garden in backyards or city lots, Any one can work.
(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots -
(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot
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New post 29 Sep 2018, 06:05
The bigger error probably with A is the meaning here.
A : 'their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots ' The statement here indicates that there is a vegetable garden spread across multiple backyards and city lots. However, if you look the correct option 'D', it indicates multiple vegetable gardens in backyards.

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D is correct.
(A) their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots - As per my understanding AND is not right here. It means "Vegetable garden in backyards and city lots together while intended meaning is vegetable garden in backyards or city lots, Any one can work.
(B) its own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots -
(C) their own food from vegetable gardens in a backyard or a city lot
(D) their own food from vegetable gardens in backyards or city lots
(E) its own food from a vegetable garden in a backyard or a city lot
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New post 16 Dec 2018, 20:11
(A) is illogical
their own food from a vegetable garden in backyards and city lots

How can there be a garden in many backyards and city lots?

(D) is the correct answer
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