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A recent survey showed that while many banks have service charges on interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing accounts with balances that are falling below a set minimum, some banks provide virtually free checking regardless of the account balance.

(A) with balances that are falling below
(B) whose balances fall below
(C) whose balances fall below that of
(D) that have balances falling below that of
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The reason for posting this is to discuss the usage of whose. Whose modifies or represents inanimate objects or can also refer to people?


In GMAT, who and whom refer to people only, but whose,surprisingly, can refer to both people and things.
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the way i look at it That of or Those of is incorrect as "set minimum" must be compared with "balances" A,C,D are out
also the bank accounts here are the object so whose should be correct .. though i read it somewhere that who/whose must refer to people …. "that" is i am not sure if it is incorrect …. will eliminate the choices based on the Comparisions rather than usage of that/who
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What's the problem with letter A? Can someone help?
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What's the problem with letter A? Can someone help?

A uses "that" for balances, which require "those"
B is a better choice with better expression and concision
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Two problems with A:

- Per the meaning of the sentence we need simple tense. Unnecessary addition of a clause ("that are falling below") is avoidable in sentence structure. "B" expresses the idea in simple present tense.

- "with balances" after "accounts" in A describes the type of accounts (property of noun modifier) . We in turn (per the meaning) require characteristic of the accounts (accounts whose balances fall below a certain threshold). Thus, the option creates a kind of ambiguity.
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Two problems with A:

- Per the meaning of the sentence we need simple tense. Unnecessary addition of a clause ("that are falling below") is avoidable in sentence structure. "B" expresses the idea in simple present tense.

- "with balances" after "accounts" in A describes the type of accounts (property of noun modifier) . We in turn (per the meaning) require characteristic of the accounts (accounts whose balances fall below a certain threshold). Thus, the option creates a kind of ambiguity.


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A recent survey showed that while many banks have service charges on interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing accounts with balances that are falling below a set minimum, some banks provide virtually free checking regardless of the account balance.

a. with balances that are falling below
b. whose balances fall below
c. whose balances fall below that of
d. that have balances falling below that of
e. that have balances that fall below those of


the serious problem with A is that we need to show a condition. this condition is not used by present continuous. present continuous is used for a condition if the condition is temperary. the action of "fall below" is not temperary, so we do not use present continuous here. This is traditional text book case for difference between present simple and present continuous. this difference is explained in most grammar books.
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What's the problem with letter A? Can someone help?


Survey data contains data points of occurred event not that will occur so progressive tense cannot be used
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A recent survey showed that while many banks have service charges on interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing accounts with balances that are falling below a set minimum, some banks provide virtually free checking regardless of the account balance.

(A) with balances that are falling below
(B) whose balances fall below
(C) whose balances fall below that of
(D) that have balances falling below that of
(E) that have balances that fall below those of

This was pretty quick.

- charges on accounts "(fall/falling below) THAT OF" a set minimum is just wrong...the charges FALL below a set minimum. There is a minimum, and the charges fall below this.
-- Easy to eliminate C, D, E

- "Recent survey SHOWED", meaning this survey was taken in the past. We need to maintain this verb tense. Hence, "fall" = correct tense.
-- Easy to eliminate A, D

- Note: "whose" can refer to people AS WELL AS inanimate objects

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Can someone please explain why usage of that of is incorrect here. Thanks in advance
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(A) with balances that are falling below modifies only second part
(B) whose balances fall below Correct. balances refer to both the types of accounts
(C) whose balances fall below that of 'that of' is wrong
(D) that have balances falling below that of 'that of' is wrong
(E) that have balances that fall below those of 'those of ' is wrong
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A recent survey showed that while many banks have service charges on interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing accounts with balances that are falling below a set minimum, some banks provide virtually free checking regardless of the account balance.


(A) with balances that are falling below

(B) whose balances fall below

(C) whose balances fall below that of

(D) that have balances falling below that of

(E) that have balances that fall below those of

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Whose can refer to both people and things.

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