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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 07:36
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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2005, 10:35
No clues why the OA is 'C'.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2005, 10:40
As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit,for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet

the 'for' doesn't make sense. does it?
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Re: SC - as the housing [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2005, 12:54
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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for


After looking at this a bit i can see why it is C. At first I leaned towards C but the use of the word yet at the end of he sentence threw me off.

For is ok in this sentence due to the fact that For can be substituted for the word "because".

So i was fine up to that point.... the word yet is what got me because I usually take the word yet to mean "despite" however according to dictionary.com Yet can mean, "Beside, or In Addition"

That would make the sentence read


As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, because these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, in addition rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.


I could be way off and would apprecaite input but that is what i see
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2005, 23:22
Wow, I doubt anyone would throw out such sentence in daily English. :roll:
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 07:24
Thanks Thenine. That was a very useful information.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 09:04
I originally picked E but wow the OA. Thanks for the explainer. Can someone else add more perspective on this?
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 22:21
Actually Yet in this sentence stands for nevertheless(In spite of). I picked C based on the yet and have seen sentences use 'yet' in this context.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 23:19
talk2sunder@gmail.com wrote:
Actually Yet in this sentence stands for nevertheless(In spite of). I picked C based on the yet and have seen sentences use 'yet' in this context.


I agree that yet usually means in spite of... I got the definition for addition to from dictionary.com.

Can you explain how the definition inspite of makes sense in this sentence? It seems to me that the housing gap would be in addition to rising rental rates, not despite of.

I am not arguing just trying to understand
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2005, 06:40
talk2sunder@gmail.com wrote:
Actually Yet in this sentence stands for nevertheless(In spite of). I picked C based on the yet and have seen sentences use 'yet' in this context.


Perfect explanation 2sunder. 'Yet' stands for 'Nevertheless'. C it is, no dobut.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2005, 11:25
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The sentence is trying to say that middle income families can no longer buy homes because of the housing affordability gap in spite of them paying more than 25% of their income towards rental housing.

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