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5. Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.

(A) Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.
(B) Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle.
(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States. (D) In the United States, three out of every four automobile owners owns bicycles.
(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three.

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A is short, grammatically correct. Just a first reading of A suggests that it should be the answer, becoz its hard to find a simpler way of putting forward the same idea.

(B)Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle. besides that, the sentence structure is not as simple as that of A

(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States. passive voice.... NO NO for Gmat
(D) In the United States, three out of every four automobile owners owns bicycles.
(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three. wordy and awkward construction
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Re: Three out of four automobiles [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 00:46
Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.

(A) Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle. CORRECT
(B) Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle. PASSIVE VOICE
(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States.
(D) In the United States, three out of every four automobile owners owns bicycles. using plural "bicycles" changes the meaning. This sentence means that each of these 3 automobile owners owns more than 1 bicycle
(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three. PASSIVE VOICE

passive voice makes the sentences awkward in C, E

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