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Verbal OG SC 21st Q [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2013, 04:35
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Q) While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home owners, whose equity- in many cases representing a life's savings - can plunge or even disappear.

1) they are potentially devastating for home owners, whose
2) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
3) for home owners they are potentially devastating because their
4) for home owners it is potentially devastating in that their
5) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose.

The right answer is 1. But i am thinking, y it cant be 5.???It is stated that it does not agree with property values; can potentially is redundant.

Please can somebody, kindly make the concept clear for me as soon as possible.

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Re: Verbal OG SC 21st Q [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2013, 10:43
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kumarapushyamitra wrote:
Q) While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home owners, whose equity- in many cases representing a life's savings - can plunge or even disappear.

1) they are potentially devastating for home owners, whose
2) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
3) for home owners they are potentially devastating because their
4) for home owners it is potentially devastating in that their
5) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose.

The right answer is 1. But i am thinking, y it cant be 5.???It is stated that it does not agree with property values; can potentially is redundant.

Please can somebody, kindly make the concept clear for me as soon as possible.

thank u in advance (who ever reads it) :lol:


The first thing we need to see is if we need a singular or plural pronoun. Now, the antecedent is property values. If you're confused with property values you can use "values" only and try to comprehend the pronoun to be used. Since values is plural; the pronoun has to be plural. 4 & 5 are eliminated.
(1) is the best from 1, 2 and 3.
If you have other questions, please feel free to ask.


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Re: Verbal OG SC 21st Q [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2013, 20:46
domfrancondumas- Thank u very much.
Need one more clarification, can u please explain can potentially is redundant.- mentioned for the 5 option.
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kumarapushyamitra wrote:
domfrancondumas- Thank u very much.
Need one more clarification, can u please explain can potentially is redundant.- mentioned for the 5 option.


Hey...
Since the statement "can potentially is redundant" is stated in OG you should consider it as a rule. You can check the following link for some redundant words that should be avoided at all cost..

sc-gmat-redundant-words-notes-104492.html

Also can and potentially have the same meaning hence they can't be used together.


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kumarapushyamitra wrote:
domfrancondumas- Thank u very much.
Need one more clarification, can u please explain can potentially is redundant.- mentioned for the 5 option.


depressed property values can hurt

'Can' has already been used once in the opening part of the sentence and hence the second 'can' in option 5 becomes redundant. However, if I were solving the question, I would have eliminated the option at the it stage itself as explained by domfrancondumas
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