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While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home-owners, whose equityâ€”in many cases representing a lifeâ€™s savingsâ€”can plunge or even disappear.

(A) they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose
(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
(C) for homeowners they are potentially devastating, because their
(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose
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01 Jan 2006, 21:33
plsubbu wrote:
A as well.

Dont you think B is more parallel than A?

As per B...While X can hurt investors, ......it can devastate home owners
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02 Jan 2006, 03:02
I got with "B" ....better compared to A.....more IIism
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02 Jan 2006, 07:23
I think B should be the right option.

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02 Jan 2006, 13:02
I got B as well

"...can potentially.." ll to "...can pluge"
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02 Jan 2006, 15:58
OA is A guys! Why is B wrong? anyone??
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02 Jan 2006, 16:15
Jai Hind,

I am sorry I cannot point to a specific rule as to why B is wrong. I remember reading sometime back that "in that" is a very old form of english and seldom correct in GMAT.

Also keep in mind that for a sentence to be parallel, it need not always have the same form...for eg. verbs ending in -ing. Here is an example:

The decision by one of the nation's largest banks could mean less lending by commerical banks and increased pressure on multi-government lenders.
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02 Jan 2006, 16:29
Hey Subbu,

The phrase 'in that' is used to qualify the preceeding part of the sentence. I agree with you that the forms need not be exactly the same for the sentence to be parallel. But we do have B which is MORE parallel than A. So I am confused!!
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02 Jan 2006, 18:12
I am confused now...I read somewhere that "in that" is correct english and henceforth i had marked it...Is there any gramatical error in B?
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03 Jan 2006, 00:24
andy_gr8 wrote:
I am confused now...I read somewhere that "in that" is correct english and henceforth i had marked it...Is there any gramatical error in B?

Hello guys,

'B' has problems & lacks clarity!

'their' doesn't have clear antecedant, "property values" or "owners"?
It's more confusing since it uses 'they' to refer to "property values", then immediately uses "their" to refer to "owners". This rings the alarm!

Also, do we have any doubt like this about 'A'? NO.
'A' is clear by using "whose";
Also 'B' is wordy..."in that their", "whose" will do that job!
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03 Jan 2006, 00:25
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Jai Hind,

I am sorry I cannot point to a specific rule as to why B is wrong. I remember reading sometime back that "in that" is a very old form of english and seldom correct in GMAT.

Also keep in mind that for a sentence to be parallel, it need not always have the same form...for eg. verbs ending in -ing. Here is an example:

The decision by one of the nation's largest banks could mean less lending by commerical banks and increased pressure on multi-government lenders.

I agree with subbu, I have seen an SC with "in that" being correct!
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03 Jan 2006, 02:17
JAI HIND wrote:
While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home-owners, whose equityâ€”in many cases representing a lifeâ€™s savingsâ€”can plunge or even disappear.

(A) they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose
(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
(C) for homeowners they are potentially devastating, because their
(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose

D,E-pronoun error
C-thier is unclear
B-thier is also unclear. property values can potentially devastate homowners because their equity? Its not the property value's equity but the homeowner's equity.

A is clear
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23 Jan 2006, 23:50
was confused b/w A and B, will finally agree with A after reading vivek's expln.
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25 Jan 2006, 21:34
Thanks for the clarification Vivek. Convinced that the OA is (A)
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08 Mar 2006, 20:24
JAI HIND wrote:
While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home-owners, whose equityâ€”in many cases representing a lifeâ€™s savingsâ€”can plunge or even disappear.

(A) they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose
(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
(C) for homeowners they are potentially devastating, because their
(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose

I agree A is the best among the lot

but I have two questions

1. in A 'they' could refer to 'values' or 'investors'

Do you think so ? This fleeting thought made me spend 1 extra min. Had to use POE.

2. Is 'can potentially' redundant ?

they are potentially dangerous --- (does this mean more likely to be dangerous than not)

they can be dangerous.

Is there a difference in the meaning of the above two sentences ?
Re: SC: Property values   [#permalink] 08 Mar 2006, 20:24
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