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One out of every thirty personal computer owners in the [#permalink]
13 Dec 2005, 23:56
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One out of every thirty personal computer owners in the United States also owns a Mac.
(A) One out of every thirty personal computer owners in the United States also owns a Mac.
(B) Out of every thirty, one personal computer owner in the United States also own a Mac.
(C) Macs are owned by one out of every thirty owners of personal computers in the United States.
(D) In the United States, one out of every thirty personal computer owners owns a Mac.
(E) Out of every thirty owners of personal computers in the United States, Macs are also owned by one.
Spot the Error:
Spot #1: Look for descriptive phrases set off by commas in the middle of the sentence.
Spot#2: The presence of underlined verbs indicates that verbs are being tested. Here the sentence has verbs that are underlined. We should examine those first.
Rule and Fix:
Rule: A verb must agree with the noun that is refers to and must use the appropriate tense. Here we have the verb 登wns・which describes takes as its subject 徹ne (out of every thirty)・ Since 登ne・is single the verb must be single. Here owns is the correct number for the verb.
Given that the verb number is correctly used in the original sentence B should be eliminated.
Chunk and Compare:
Compare A to C. C uses the passive voice. When given a choice choose the active voice over the passive voice. Eliminate C.
Compare A to D. D omits the word also, which alters the meaning of the sentence since part of the intent of the sentence is to emphasize that one in thirty PC owners has a Mac in addition to their PC. Eliminate D.
Compare A to E. E uses the passive voice. Eliminate E.