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# As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income

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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; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for
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26 Oct 2005, 07:27
It`s either B or E. B most likely preserves the original intention of the sentence because equity and tax-write offs are not directly related to the housing affordability gap.

B.
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26 Oct 2005, 16:56
I think C sounds more clear; contrasts first part of the sentence with the rest.
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26 Oct 2005, 17:24
I go with C on this...

here we have compounded action. families are spending more on rent and yet this whole process keeps adding to their vows....
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26 Oct 2005, 17:32
rahulraao wrote:
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.

(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet

C is good.

this is an important question because it has an uniq concept i.e. for. here, "for" means "because". simply remember it.
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26 Oct 2005, 20:16
I am stuck between B and C.

on the exam day I will go with C.
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26 Oct 2005, 20:25
I am stuck on B and C as well.

I'll go with C because <b>, yet</b> sounds and looks better than <b>, furthermore</b> (in B). I'd go with B if a semicolon came before furthermore.
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26 Oct 2005, 20:42
rahulraao wrote:
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; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for

We need since/for/because,etc....to express the explanation of " middle-income families are especially hard-hit" . This leaves me with B and C.
I would go for B coz we need furthermore ( to make a compatible addition) instead of yet ( yet make a contradictory addition)
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27 Oct 2005, 20:51
Whew this is quite close b/w B and C !

(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore

The since could a imply from a time period on and is hence could be wrong.

(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet

Conveys the same meaning without ambiguity.

Any other thoughts folks ?
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28 Oct 2005, 10:23
B.

Furthermore is needed to show the correct intention. Both the scenarios are not good for middle income group. So to show that furthermore is needed.
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28 Oct 2005, 23:24
Tricky one eh?
OA is C!

Once again, the answer is in the overall meaning of the sentence.
If we were to rephrase the sentence a bit - we can probably say -

Even though these people cannot afford to buy homes, the rising rental forces them to use more than the standard 25%......

So 'yet' is needed!
'Furthermore' in B does not convey this contrast/paradox in a strong way.
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