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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income

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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for

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[quote="priyankur_saha@ml.com"]As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for

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Any sentence that has many subodinates is awkard, so D is the best
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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for


the middle income families are hard-hit because they can no longer qualify and rental rates are high as well.
'yet' and 'however' bring contrasting phrase so (C) and (D) are out
'buying' and 'renting' are two distinct methods to acquire housing so i'm choosing (B)

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priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for

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little tricky question ..

C makes sense here
here "for"= because "yet" = inspite of

farmilies are especially hard hit because... X , Inspite of Y
X= no longer able to buy homes
Y = rising rental rates.



In B. since= because
but "furthermore" --> IN ADDITION TO is not appropriate in the current sentence. It should show contrast.
farmilies are especially hard hit because... X , further more Y
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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for

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Going for B. The Sentence is trying to say that families cant afford to buy a house and furthermore the rents are so high that they are using more than 25% of the income on it and not able to put that money they spend on rent into the home equity since its out of their reach to buy a house

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I will go for B. the sentence describes teh problems of middle income families by mentioning housing affordability gap. the usage of "furthermore" in B takes this peroblem fruther by mentioning rising rental rates
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As the housing affordability gap widens, middle-income families are especially hard-hit, and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and rising rental rates force them to use far more than the standard 25 percent of their incomes for housing, leaving them with no equity or tax write-offs to offset the expenditures.

(A) and these families can no longer qualify to buy homes, and
(B) since these families can no longer afford to buy homes, furthermore
(C) for these families can no longer afford to buy homes, yet
(D) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes; however,
(E) and these families can no longer afford to buy homes, for

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IMO C. It clearly brings out the contrast.

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Two parts to the sentence are kind of independent. Hence, if the second part begins with moreover, however, etc. that would be the answer.

Thus, B and D are the only options left. However, B is not correct as it uses "since" in addition to "as" in the beginning of the sentence.

Hence, the only answer choice left is D.

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Two parts to the sentence are kind of independent. Hence, if the second part begins with moreover, however, etc. that would be the answer.

Thus, B and D are the only options left. However, B is not correct as it uses "since" in addition to "as" in the beginning of the sentence.

Hence, the only answer choice left is D.


You have eliminated B because it uses "since"!! What's about furthermore vs however?
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scthakur wrote:
Two parts to the sentence are kind of independent. Hence, if the second part begins with moreover, however, etc. that would be the answer.

Thus, B and D are the only options left. However, B is not correct as it uses "since" in addition to "as" in the beginning of the sentence.

Hence, the only answer choice left is D.


You have eliminated B because it uses "since"!! What's about furthermore vs however?

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I don't think B is wrong because of "since"..
here since --> because.. furthermore is not appropriate.


If rising rental rates force them to use...25% they will try to buy home.

Inspite of(yet/however) rising rental rates..... they will try to buy home but they are no long qualify
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C for the contrast. What is the OA Saha?
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priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
scthakur wrote:
Two parts to the sentence are kind of independent. Hence, if the second part begins with moreover, however, etc. that would be the answer.

Thus, B and D are the only options left. However, B is not correct as it uses "since" in addition to "as" in the beginning of the sentence.

Hence, the only answer choice left is D.


You have eliminated B because it uses "since"!! What's about furthermore vs however?


"furthermore" does not bring in contrast as required in the sentence.

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Thank you for discussion.

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