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Threee 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 Staes 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 our 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.

Please advise.
I got 2 choices and could not decide which is correct.
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Re: Three out of four... : SC [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2008, 11:47
[quote="aMante"]Threee 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 Staes also owns a bicycle.

c)Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States. (passive coice)
d)In the United States, three our of every four automobile owners owns bicycles. (original sentence says a bicycle in this case it is bicycles)
e)Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three. ( passive)
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I am b/w A and B.

B. Out of every four - this is a modifier but should have been followed by automobile woners instead of "three automobile owners

IMO A. Good Q.
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Re: Three out of four... : SC [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2008, 11:52
I agree the answer is A.

B changes the meaning. If you take "Out of every four," as an appositive, then that phrase shouldn't be necessary and the sentence should make sense and be similar in meaning to the original. If you remove this part and only have "Three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle." This appears to mean that out of all automobile owners in the US, only 3 also own a bike. Totally different meaning.

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Threee 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 Staes 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 our 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.

Please advise.
I got 2 choices and could not decide which is correct.

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Re: Three out of four... : SC [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2008, 03:29
A seems to be the most concise of them all....
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Re: Three out of four... : SC [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2008, 00:56
Threee 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.
>> "a bicycle". One bucycle cannot be joined own by more than one owners.

b)Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United Staes also owns a bicycle.
>> "owns" should be plural

c)Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States.
== Correct. Although passive voice is not preferred

d)In the United States, three our of every four automobile owners owns bicycles.
>> "owns" should be plural

e)Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three.
>> Clearly awkward
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Re: Three out of four... : SC [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2008, 03:56
A, the best choice, is concise, idiomatic, and maintains subject-verb agreement. In B, Out of every four, three is unidiomatic. The singular verb owns does not agree with its plural subject, three...owners. The passive construction in C (Bicycles are owned by) is cumberson amd does not contribute meaningfully to the sentence. The shift to plural Bicycles detracts from clarity by suggesting that multiple bicycles are owend by eahc person in question. In D, the singular "owns" does not agree with its plural subject three...owners. Furthremore, the plural bicycles detracts from clarity by suggesting that multiple bicycles are owend by each person in question. In E, the phrase beginning "Out of every four..." cannot properly modify bicycles, and the passive construction (bicycles are also owned) is awkward and does not contribute meaningfully to the sentence. The plural nouns bicycles and automobiles suggest imprecisey that each person owns more than one of each.


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Re: Three out of four... : SC [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2008, 04:00
aMante wrote:
Threee 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 Staes 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 our 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.

Please advise.
I got 2 choices and could not decide which is correct.


A

The subject "three...owners" is plural, therefore verb must be "own." Eliminate B+D. C+E are passive.
Re: Three out of four... : SC   [#permalink] 19 Aug 2008, 04:00
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