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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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04 Sep 2004, 15:11
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

My answer is E

This is a pronoun mismatch error. Since values is a noun being refered , they would be implied to point at noun investors which is wrong.
Clearly usage of it removes the ambiguity of pronoun error as it rightly refers to values and not investors .
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05 Sep 2004, 00:23
To add a point o the one made bu pmohu. A check of parallelism also leaves E as the best answer choice

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.

it can potentially devastate homeowners, who
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05 Sep 2004, 01:17
wats wrong with a ?
I think values is plural.. so you cant use'it '
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05 Sep 2004, 07:04
I think the best answer is B
(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their .
Values => plural; parallelism maintained [can..can]

(A) they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose
awkward construction;comma?
(C) for homeowners they are potentially devastating, because their
pronoun ambiguity
(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose
values => not singular; so 'it' is wrong
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05 Sep 2004, 08:13
I would go with A
"they" properly refers to "depressed property values"
in E, "can potentially" is redundant to me
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06 Sep 2004, 09:57
A for me. "depressed property values" is plural - so they is correct
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26 Sep 2004, 21:26
Iam for E.
Well, "depressed property values " does call for using "they".
But I still feel that 'it' needs to be used.

Whatz the OA ?
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26 Sep 2004, 21:28
Newkid,
I assume that you are stressing on 'it' because it is 'depressed property values' which is the subject. 'They' is fine and is a plural referrent. 'they' need not necessarily refer to only 'persons'. 'it' is singular.
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I assume that you are stressing on 'it' because it is 'depressed property values' which is the subject. 'They' is fine and is a plural referrent. 'they' need not necessarily refer to only 'persons'. 'it' is singular

Right said Venks..
I found it odd to use 'they' for the subject 'depressed property values'.
This is something new to me..I'll make a note of it.

Thanks for the explanation.
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27 Sep 2004, 03:17
I am between A and B (btw i will have the test in a couple of weeks it is high time for me to have cut opinions...)

"they" is a good subject as discussed previously.

What attracts me in B is the "can" which ensures a better //ism. Bad point : "their" in following phrase is not clear...

I have a couple of questions on that point :

-does "that" in B make clear that "their" properly refers only to homeowners (which would mean that without "that" B would be out)
-could "whose" in A refer to something else than homeowners ? (btw i remember from my first english courses that whose is only related to persons, do you agree or is it one more memory failure ?)

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27 Sep 2004, 23:18
shygo wrote:
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

A - They refers to back to property values and whose refers to home-owners. Other have proonoun errors. it cannot refer to 'values'
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28 Sep 2004, 01:28
B is wrong for couple of reasons
1. 'can potentially' - redundancy
2. ' in that their' - what is this? awkward. I am sure, there can be a better sentence formed than using 'in that their'.
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30 Sep 2004, 13:38
I think the first word, "they", in A and B refers to the investors, which would make it wrong. I think I would say D
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30 Sep 2004, 14:25
The OA is A.

Sorry about the delay guys. I thought I had already posted the answer.

Paul, thanks for waking me up
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02 Oct 2004, 03:39
Venksune,

You are right, redundance in B is killer despite a better //ism...
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