# Beat The GMAT Verbal Challenge Question – November 4, 2010

by on November 4th, 2010

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Try this Sentence Correction question:

Almost every other house in the neighborhoods downwind from the refinery have some sort of health problem attributed to the pollution that the refinery generates.

a)  have some sort of health problem attributed

b)  has some sort of health problem which is attributed

c)  has some sort of health problem attributed

d)  have some sort of health problem that is attributed

e)  has an inhabitant with some sort of health problem attributed

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2 incorrect parts here -

1. "house" = singular, so "has" must be used
2. a house cannot have health problems, so there is a missing noun

E correctly changes the singular/plural issue, and adds "inhabitant" as the appropriate noun to link to health problems.

• b sounds correct to me

• E is right.

We need a singular helping verb to match with "every other house". All options with "have" is ruled out.

B, C and E remain.

A house cannot have a health problem, an inhabitant of a house can.
Only E makes this clear.

• E is right.

1- Subject-verb agreement. Subject is singular, HAS must be used.

2- Subject-verb logical agreement. An inhabitant has a health problem.

house cannot have health problem.
Inhabitants can.

• It is E.

• By splitting the answers: A and D are incorrect for the verb have - plural, instead must be singular.

B C E: E is correct for the reason why inhabitants can have some kind of disease

• Very clear, E is correct.

Meaning is important here. Houses cannot have health problems. Therefor only E remains.
Next to that 'house' has to have a singular verb, 'has'.

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• The answer is E... As per subject verb agreement issue b c e remain...
now as per the meaning of the sentence the inhabitants are affected not the house.

Singular noun "house" needs a singular verb "has". That leaves us with answer choices B, C, and E.

In B, an attempt is made to use "which" is used as a restrictive pronoun. This usage is incorrect. Cross out B.

Between C and E, E wins because of meaning issues with C. A house cannot have health problems.

• Yes. E is correct

• E is right.

• The correct answer is E.

• The answer is choice E.

• e

1) Subject verb agreement - needs 'has'
2) Correct meaning- which is not correct (without comma and restrictive use) and meaning with E is more clear.

• E

• Go for E!!

1) "house" is singular so (A) and (D) are out ;
2) "house" can not have "health problem" so (B) and (C) are out.

• ans is E
every other house is singular and therefore will go with HAS (singular verb)---> eliminate all choices with have(A and D)
B and C alters the meaning its illogical to say house has health problem

left with E

Almost every other house(singular) in the neighborhoods downwind from the refinery has("have" stands inappropriate) an inhabitant(need something to go along with health problem) with some sort of health problem attributed to the pollution that the refinery generates.

• E is the one

• E is the correct answer.

• Answer must be E in my opinion . Here is the root cause analysis :

Every is used before the subject (house) . Whenever "Every" is used up-front before the subject , Verb will always be singular.

so the left over options are B & E .

Now , option B lacks a clear sense , "House" can not have health related problem rather it must be an individual.

To make a clear sense , we have to incorporate an inhabitant as illustrated in E . clearly , E is the winner

• E!

Every other house have health problems? Nope!

Every other house has health problems? Nope! (Houses can't have health problems!)

Every other house has an inhabitant with health problems? CORRECT!

• E is the answer. subject-verb agreement

Every House HAS

Inhabitant's have health problems, not houses

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• subject-verb agreement: house (sg.) + has (not NAVE)

A and D are out

a house cannot have a problem --> an inhabitant can have a problem

B and C are out

therefore, the correct answer is E

• E