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In 1973 mortgage payments represented twenty-one percent of an average thirty-year-old maleâ€™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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01 Jan 2006, 09:28
I am going with B.

B is the most parallel...in 1971 it represented X and in 1984 it represented Y.
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01 Jan 2006, 10:16
vivek123 wrote:
It should be 'B'.

Will explain if needed.

Yes sir. Please do explain
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01 Jan 2006, 13:14
B for me too.

B: The second part of the sentence after ; can be used independently "In 1984 the figure was was 44%"
A: wrong=> because the second part of the sentence cannot stand independently

C:=> Doesnt looks parallel if we see the parts of the sentences connected by "and"

D:=>Modifier error

E:=>sounds awkward...i dont know why its grammatically incorrect...Just because my ears are saying so? can anyone explain
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02 Jan 2006, 01:42
giddi77 wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
It should be 'B'.

Will explain if needed.

Yes sir. Please do explain

(A) income; and forty-four percent in 1984
'and' after a 'semicolon' is wrong structure!
(B) income; in 1984 the figure was forty-four percent
Keep. good in llism too, clear in meaning!
(C) income, and in 1984 forty-four percent
Incomplete clause, "what is 44%"?
(D) income, forty-four percent in 1984 was the figure
Awkard construction, it means "44% in 1984" as a whole as figure!
(E) income that rose to forty-four percent in 1984
Wrong. 'that' a restrictive clause refers to same income as income in 1984 too!
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02 Jan 2006, 12:59
Thanks for the explanation, Vivek. Really helpful.
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02 Jan 2006, 13:47
I'll vote for B.

Semicolomns separate two complete sentences.
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