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07 Sep 2008, 10:10
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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07 Sep 2008, 13:44
rao_1857 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

B
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07 Sep 2008, 17:44
rao_1857 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

i take on C.
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07 Sep 2008, 17:52
GMAT TIGER wrote:
rao_1857 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

i take on C.

Isn't "for" is a little awakward construction
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08 Sep 2008, 21:46
I will vote for C.

Its between B and C . I picked C because if we try the sentence after removing the modifying phrase 'since these ..' it becomes like : middle-income families are especially hard-hit, furthermore rising rental rates force => which is awkward. middle-income families are especially hard-hit, yet rising rental rates force => sounds better
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08 Sep 2008, 21:52
I agree with ssandeepan, "yet" construction is required here rather than furthermore.
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08 Sep 2008, 23:26
Between B and E, I will go for B. "since" introduces the beginning of subordinate clause for "middle-income families are especially hard-hit". Also, "furthermore" introduces another sub-ordinate clause.
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09 Sep 2008, 13:39
OA is C.

Thanks everyone ..

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09 Sep 2008, 17:59
can anybody please explain why B is not right ? (i saw sandeep's post but still if somebody can throw some more light on this wud be great !)

yet : though , still (meaning)

do you really think this construction will make sense in C ?

i thought the later clause goes ahead in explaining why middle families are hard-hit

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12 Sep 2008, 02:49
rao_1857 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

C. Because buying homes is contrasted with renting
Re: housing   [#permalink] 12 Sep 2008, 02:49
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