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927. 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.

(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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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 10:50
property values is plural so we need a plural to follow. eliminate D and E right away for this error. can potentially is redundent, so you can eliminate B and E. C is somehow wordy. A is the best here.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 10:53
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property values is plural so we need a plural to follow. eliminate D and E right away for this error. can potentially is redundent, so you can eliminate B and E. C is somehow wordy. A is the best here.


Good point about redundancy eileen, I didn't see that before, but I was confused was with the "they" what can't it be large investors (isn't ambiguous since two plural nouns?)
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 10:57
soomodh wrote:
eileen1017 wrote:
property values is plural so we need a plural to follow. eliminate D and E right away for this error. can potentially is redundent, so you can eliminate B and E. C is somehow wordy. A is the best here.


Good point about redundancy eileen, I didn't see that before, but I was confused was with the "they" what can't it be large investors (isn't ambiguous since two plural nouns?)


But if you refer they to large investors, logically it does not make sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 11:00
I agree, but pronouns should be crystal clear with what they refer to, cannot be ambiguous right?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 11:00
Eileen, I think C is incorrect here because of a modifier error.
"While....property values, FOR homeowners they"

A corrects the modifier error.
"While....property values, they (pronoun)

The object is "they" = property values
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2007, 23:10
soomodh wrote:
I agree, but pronouns should be crystal clear with what they refer to, cannot be ambiguous right?


I have same opinion as Soomodh. Even in Manhattan SC book same concept has been taught that pronous must be as near as possible to what they refer to. Here its too far from property values.
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Re: SC- Property Values [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2007, 07:52
soomodh wrote:
927. 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.

(A) they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose
'they' is modifying 'large investors' instead of 'property values'

(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
same as A

(C) for homeowners they are potentially devastating, because their
same as A


(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
'it' cannot refer to values

(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose
same as D


None of the choices look good. Except for in A, they can logically refer only to 'property values'. But it's still pretty ambiguous.

If I had to, I would pick A.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2007, 08:25
soomodh wrote:
I agree, but pronouns should be crystal clear with what they refer to, cannot be ambiguous right?


Your correct and its why this question took me about 2min. Remember this is the GMAT, we aren't always going to have the perfect answer.

Look for the Least Poor answer...

In that case, its def A.
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