0

Occasionally had members that have been roundly censured in the national press.

I tried to make this sentence simple to understand. Like this,

"Had members that have been censured."

If I could remove 'had' and 'that', it would be "members have been censured." I can understand this sentence. But I'm pretty sure I cannot omit them. They look essential components in this sentence.

If so, I cannot even find what is a verb of this sentence.

"Had members that have been censured."

What is the "had" and "that"???

The whole article link is here (the sentence is the first sentence in 5th paragraph) : http://www.ielts-mentor.com/reading-sample/academic-reading/28-ielts-academic-reading-sample-3-zoo-conservation-programmes

5
  • The initial sentence just doesn't make any sense. Transforming it won't help. Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 5:09
  • @curiousdannii But this is a IELTS reading part practice tests. So.... maybe miss typo??
    – Choe
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 5:11
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because of misformatting in the text. Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 5:42
  • 1
    @Cascabel Will I be penalized?
    – Choe
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 5:51
  • Of course not! The question will just close and no other answers will be allowed. Do not worry! Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 5:55

1 Answer 1

1

It is just a matter of misformatting. The correct sentence is

The greatly respected American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA) has had extremely dubious members, and in the UK the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland has occasionally had members that have been roundly censured in the national press.

The verb of both parts of the sentence is has had.

The original puts a line space in the middle of the sentence:

The greatly respected American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA) has had extremely dubious members, and in the UK the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland has

Occasionally had members that have been roundly censured in the national press.

0

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.