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While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, ((they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose ))equity тАУ in many cases representing a lifeтАЩs savings тАУ 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 did not like a or b because I am thinkinh that "they" modifies investors. Why is this thinking wrong or right?
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26 Dec 2003, 10:01
answers that can relate to either property values or investor should have a plural noun.

A and B confers that.

C and D have misplaced modifiers
E "it" can't refer back to either "values" or "investors"

anyhow, the subject of the sentence is "depressed property values" not "large investors".

B is a good one to make the sentence clear, atleast to a pretty good extent.

is it??
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26 Dec 2003, 10:36
Actually, after rereading the question, I think A is more appropriate because in B, "they can potentially" is redundant
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26 Dec 2003, 10:36
Geethu wrote:
What is wrong with A ?

see this..
"...depressed property values can hurt..." "... they are potentially devastating for homeowners...."

see the difference??

parallelism, it is.
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26 Dec 2003, 10:52
A is the answer.

But I have a problem with this because I am thinking that "they" modifies investors and not property values. Can someone help me out?
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26 Dec 2003, 11:08
ftoor wrote:
A is the answer.

But I have a problem with this because I am thinking that "they" modifies investors and not property values. Can someone help me out?

shoot..now, I see my mistake.

'While' in the opening sentence changes the meaning.
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26 Dec 2003, 11:48
ftoor wrote:
A is the answer.

But I have a problem with this because I am thinking that "they" modifies investors and not property values. Can someone help me out?

Immediately after reading the sentence I felt first two are wrong. But I found errors in other sentences. Just like you i am also caught with this modification. Can someone clarify ?

whenever i get a modification sentence, I always remember the following sentence from kaplan.

The house overlooked the lake, which was set back from the shore (this sentence is incorrect because which was set back from the shore should modify the house)
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26 Dec 2003, 20:05
"can potentially" is redundant. It is either "can" or "potentially". This rules out B and E
You can refer to testmagic.com ( I forgot the post that mentiones this rule )

Depressed property value is plural so the sentence should have plural verb
This gets rid of D
We have to choose between A and C. C has classic problem "their" what does it
refer to, homeowners or the property values. "Whose" correctly refers to homeowners.
C has another problem, that is the modifier problem. The first sentence should modify the
properties and not homeowners.
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