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As it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home, companies are beginning to help in finding new employment for the spouses of transferred employees.

(A) it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home

(B) it becomes more frequent to have couples both working outside the home

(C) it becomes more common that both husband and wife should be working outside the home

(D) it becomes more common for both husband and wife to work outside the home

(E) couples in which both of the spouses working outside the home become more common

Pls Explain. Thanks.
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01 Dec 2007, 16:29
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As it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home, companies are beginning to help in finding new employment for the spouses of transferred employees.

(A) it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home

(B) it becomes more frequent to have couples both working outside the home

(C) it becomes more common that both husband and wife should be working outside the home

(D) it becomes more common for both husband and wife to work outside the home

(E) couples in which both of the spouses working outside the home become more common

Pls Explain. Thanks.

I will go with D- Correct

A- who both is awkard

B- Couples both awkward and redundant

c- use of "should"

E- what has become more common "couples" or "situation"

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01 Dec 2007, 16:56
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Amardeep Sharma wrote:
Skewed wrote:
As it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home, companies are beginning to help in finding new employment for the spouses of transferred employees.

(A) it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home

(B) it becomes more frequent to have couples both working outside the home

(C) it becomes more common that both husband and wife should be working outside the home

(D) it becomes more common for both husband and wife to work outside the home

(E) couples in which both of the spouses working outside the home become more common

Pls Explain. Thanks.

I will go with D- Correct

A- who both is awkard

B- Couples both awkward and redundant

c- use of "should"

E- what has become more common "couples" or "situation"

Amar

Thanks man. It was a real stupid question to ask. Chalk it up to a late Friday nite... I got it after rereading the question and answer choices a few times.
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01 Nov 2009, 03:46
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As it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home, companies are beginning to help in finding new employment for the spouses of transferred employees.
(A) it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home
(B) it becomes more frequent to have couples both working outside the home
(C) it becomes more common that both husband and wife should be working outside the home
(D) it becomes more common for both husband and wife to work outside the home
(E) couples in which both of the spouses working outside the home become more common

I still don't catch with Official Answer is D (I would have chosen E)

Could anyone help me understand this?
Thanks a lot.

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01 Nov 2009, 12:19
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I am not an expert in SC, but let me try explain the ans option D to be perfect match here.

use of frequent in A and B is wrong as it usually referes to a phenomenon and not a practice. couples working is a practice n not a phenomenon.

common that, is not appropriate idiom. also use of should make it more authoritative than actual optional practice, hence OA C is not acceptable.

OE doesn't have a verb and sentence is fragmented as such.

I would go with option D, i guess.
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01 Nov 2009, 20:21
For some reason E makes it seem as if couples are becoming more common rather than the spouses working
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02 Nov 2009, 00:37
D is better

in option E "Both the spouses" think doesnt sound proper.
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14 Sep 2010, 08:34
Can someone explain exactly why is E wrong? And what does 'it' refer to in D?
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14 Sep 2010, 09:49
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As it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home, companies are beginning to help in finding new employment for the spouses of transferred employees.
(A) it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home
(B) it becomes more frequent to have couples both working outside the home
(C) it becomes more common that both husband and wife should be working outside the home
(D) it becomes more common for both husband and wife to work outside the home
(E) couples in which both of the spouses working outside the home become more common

I still don't catch with Official Answer is D (I would have chosen E)

Could anyone help me understand this?
Thanks a lot.

Alex

Option E - As couples in which both of the spouses working outside the home become more common, companies are beginning to help in finding new employment for the spouses of transferred employees.

I think in option E, couples and spouses are repeated (both mean the same in this context) and hence redundant. It should have been - As both of the spouses working outside the home is more more common.....

Although, option D is not entirely giving the right picture, but its the best out of all the options. 'Couples' or 'Spouses' haven't been mentioned in this option, but still 'both husband and wife' solves the purpose.
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15 Sep 2010, 06:32
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Can someone explain exactly why is E wrong? And what does 'it' refer to in D?

it refers to the whole idea - becomes more common for both husband and wife to work outside the home -
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15 Sep 2010, 07:37
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Can someone explain exactly why is E wrong? And what does 'it' refer to in D?

(C) - 'that' cannot be used as it usually introduces a restrictive clause to explain its antecedent. Also 'should be working' is incorrect tense.

(E) - 'in which both of the spouses' is awkward and wordy.

(D) - Correct. [It's not true, but in all these options this one is best ]
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15 Sep 2010, 07:42
correct Idiom is Both ... and ....
Therefore, A , C , and E is out
Between C and D , C is wordy..
So D is correct answer
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18 Sep 2010, 12:57
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Hey All,

I got asked to explain two things on this question.

1) Why is E wrong. E is wrong because it gets the meaning scrambled. Take a look:

couples in which both of the spouses working outside the home become more common

The question is what is becoming more common. In this one, "become more common" has the subject "both of the spouses working outside the home." But that's not what we want. We want THE FACT that both spouses work outside of the home to be becoming more common.

Which brings me to the second questions: 2) What is the "it" standing in for?

This is a special "it" that gets used in the subject of object position to refer to a specific or situational subject or object later in the sentence. For example: It is hot out today. It's likely you'll come over later.

The "it" here is exactly what we want to be more common; the situation of two working spouses in households.

Does that make sense?

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21 Sep 2010, 04:48
As it becomes more frequent to have spouses who both work outside the home, companies are beginning to help in finding new employment for the spouses of transferred employees.

@Tommy: The "it" here is the placeholder it which refers to the text in green... Am I right?
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21 Sep 2010, 12:30
D is the most crisp answer
E seems totally unidiomatic.
1 more error that i can see in E is 'become', it should be 'becomes' to support whtever they are saying.
you cant husband and wife like to go out for movies on week end, this become more common.
anyways i think E is totally unidiomatic.
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13 Sep 2017, 13:31
Option D

Both couples or both spouses do not make sense. So ,we are left with only option C and D

In Option C usage of "should" changes the meaning of the argument from trend to compulsory action taken by husband and wife.
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