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# Agreement - SC

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Here is a question from the official Verbal review from the SC section

While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for homeowners, 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

I chose D because I figured 'they' could refer to property values or large investors and this needed to be corrected and also that 'whose' needs to refer clearly to the homeowners.

The correct answer is A as the relationship in the sentence is correct. Can someone explain why?
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17 Sep 2008, 15:04
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What are potentially devastating? ... the depressed property values, not the lenders themselves
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17 Sep 2008, 15:25
C D E are obv out because of "it" and the "they"(wrongly placed in C)

out of A and B , B sounds kinda indirect way of speech (in that their)

i dnt see anything grammatically wrong in B though

so A for me
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18 Sep 2008, 02:51
stallone wrote:
C D E are obv out because of "it" and the "they"(wrongly placed in C)

out of A and B , B sounds kinda indirect way of speech (in that their)

i dnt see anything grammatically wrong in B though

so A for me

However, B changes the meaning of original sentence.
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18 Sep 2008, 03:07
I think that A is correct because property values could be devastating, not investors. On th other hand, in C we have "they" after homeowners, which is wrong. In D and E we have "it' which is not ok. B looks good, but is wordy.
Re: Agreement - SC   [#permalink] 18 Sep 2008, 03:07
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