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In 1973 mortgage payments represented twenty-one percent of an average thirty-year-old male’s income; and forty-four percent in 1984.
(A) income; and forty-four percent in 1984
(B) income; in 1984 the figure was forty-four percent
(C) income, and in 1984 forty-four percent
(D) income, forty-four percent in 1984 was the figure
(E) income that rose to forty-four percent in 1984
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10 Feb 2011, 22:54
1. A semi colon will entail a full fledged independent clause after the punctuation. A is gone.

2 Both sides of the conjunction and have to be // and balanced. C is gone.
3. Two independent clauses can not be joined by a comma; D is gone
4. Income that rose is wrong modification. The mortgage payments rose. E is gone

B remains dodging the above mentioned errors.
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11 Feb 2011, 03:27
B for me.
B is clearly parallel.
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11 Feb 2011, 03:36
I agree B is right, but I fail to see why C is wrong. Could someone please explain?
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11 Feb 2011, 03:42
(C) income, and in 1984 forty-four percent

44% of what? its not clear hence incorrect.
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06 Feb 2013, 09:24
tirupatibalaji wrote:
(C) income, and in 1984 forty-four percent

44% of what? its not clear hence incorrect.

44% can only refer to the income the this case right? ... I still don't understand what is wrong with C ...
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tirupatibalaji wrote:
(C) income, and in 1984 forty-four percent

44% of what? its not clear hence incorrect.

44% can only refer to the income the this case right? ... I still don't understand what is wrong with C ...

Hi roopika2990,

Consider two similar, but simpler examples.

1) In 1998 I spent eighty percent of my savings on clothes, and in 2006 seventy percent.

2) In 1998 I spent eighty percent of my savings on clothes, and in 2006 the figure was seventy percent.

In order to make a clear logical comparison separate clauses are required for each year. The sentence 1 it is not clear seventy percent of what?
While speaking sentence 1 will sound correct, but in writing sentence 2 is preferred because it leaves no space for ambiguity. Grammatically both the sentences are correct. "the figure" in sentence 2 is a replacement for "the amount spent as a percentage of saving".

Hope that helps,

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13 Feb 2013, 04:28
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roopika2990 wrote:

44% can only refer to the income the this case right? ... I still don't understand what is wrong with C ...

Hi roopika2990,

Consider two similar, but simpler examples.

1) In 1998 I spent eighty percent of my savings on clothes, and in 2006 seventy percent.

2) In 1998 I spent eighty percent of my savings on clothes, and in 2006 the figure was seventy percent.

In order to make a clear logical comparison separate clauses are required for each year. The sentence 1 it is not clear seventy percent of what?
While speaking sentence 1 will sound correct, but in writing sentence 2 is preferred because it leaves no space for ambiguity. Grammatically both the sentences are correct. "the figure" in sentence 2 is a replacement for "the amount spent as a percentage of saving".

Hope that helps,

Vercules

Thanks Vercules, I get it now ..
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