353. 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
E is wrong... as 'rose to forty-four percent in 1984' modifies income... which is not correct... the placement of that makes income a subject which and then the following clause modifies this subject... Therefore wrong..
After the semi colon ; the clause should be a related independent
clause. Hence A is out..
D has a awkward construction and can be dismissed....
Left out is B and C....
In C... it is not clear what is forty four percent... the income.. or the mortage figure.. hence out....
B is perfect.. as it is an independent clause and clearly states 'the figure' which is used to refer back the mortage %...!
Hence B is perfect!
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