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In 1982 the median income for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000 more than a family where the husband only was employed.


(A) a family where the husband only

(B) of a family where only the husband

(C) that for families in which only the husband

(D) a family in which only the husband

(E) those of families in which the husband only


Choices A and D illogically compared the median income to a family rather than to another median income. Also, families would be preferable to a family in A, B, and D because the comparison is between groups of families. In A and B, in which would be preferable to where, since where properly refers to location.

Choices A and E misplace only so that it seems to modify was employed rather than the husband.

In B and E, of is less idiomatic than for, and the plural pronoun those in E does not agree with the singular noun referent income.

C, the best choice, uses the singular pronoun that to stand for income, thus establishing a logical comparison.

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Originally posted by saurya_s on 19 Aug 2005, 07:09.
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New post 19 Aug 2005, 15:21
only is misplaced in F

You need ONLY (the husband) was employed.

Check this

He only hates her. ---- but might like her...
He hates only her. ---- but likes someone else...

Only should modify husband.

Although there are numerous examples where post positives are used. But here husband is the subject and only is modifying husband.

If you reverse it, only becomes the subject and husband is without any reference.
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New post 19 Aug 2005, 15:28
so waht does only modify in A? What is post positive in your previous post?
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New post 19 Aug 2005, 16:54
This is exactly the problem in A that only is not modifying anything...

Post positive are adjectives or adverbs that come after the noun they modify

For example

The jury present delivered the verdict..

Meaning the members of the jury who were present at that time...

Here present is an adjective that is modifying the noun Jury. Technically the noun should follow the adjective. But in this case, adjective is following the noun. This is a case of post positive adjective.
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This is exactly the problem in A that only is not modifying anything...

Post positive are adjectives or adverbs that come after the noun they modify

For example

The jury present delivered the verdict..

Meaning the members of the jury who were present at that time...

Here present is an adjective that is modifying the noun Jury. Technically the noun should follow the adjective. But in this case, adjective is following the noun. This is a case of post positive adjective.

In 1982 the median income for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000 more than a family where the husband only was employed.
(A) a family where the husband only
(B) of a family where only the husband
(C) that for families in which only the husband
(D) a family in which only the husband
(E) those of families in which the husband only
(F) that for families in which husband only



(the median income) for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000
more than
(that) for families in which only the husband was employed.
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Go with C for

1. right placement of only
2. using "that"
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In 1982 the median income for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000 more than a family where the husband only was employed.
(A) a family where the husband only
(B) of a family where only the husband
(C) that for families in which only the husband
(D) a family in which only the husband
(E) those of families in which the husband only

Please help me on this one. OA is C


This is test the comparison.
A and D are comparing income to a family; therefore, wrong
B is a little awkward
You need to compare income to income. Since income is singular, therefore you need the 'that' which refers to income and not the plural those. So E is wrong also.
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xiaozhuzai wrote:
In 1982 the median income for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000 more than a family where the husband only was employed.
(A) a family where the husband only
(B) of a family where only the husband
(C) that for families in which only the husband
(D) a family in which only the husband
(E) those of families in which the husband only

Please help me on this one. OA is C


A,B,C out .. because Median income is comapred with family

C) Median income for ..X ( marrried couple families with...blah blah..) more than [color=#4000FF]that [ Median income] for Y ( families in which only the husdand was employed)[/color]

E) Median income for ..X ( marrried couple families with...blah blah..) more than those [refers to what--> Median incomes.. but median income is singular in the first part] of Y ( families in which only the husdand was employed)

So C for proper comparision..
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In 1982 the median income for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000 more than a family where the husband only was employed.
(A) a family where the husband only
(B) of a family where only the husband
(C) that for families in which only the husband
(D) a family in which only the husband
(E) those of families in which the husband only
(F) that for families in which husband only

Please explain the reasons, especially usage of only in this context.
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We can tell from the use of more than that this sentence is trying to compare 2 things. Now the question is what is it comparing.
The clue is in the non underlined part : the median income for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000 more than X

Now we can only compare like things, so X must also be income or a pronoun referring to income. Also the 2 parts must be parallel so the sentence must be
the median income for married-couple families was $X more than the median income for other families
We can use the pronoun That, which makes the statement
the median income for married-couple families was $X more than that for other families

So we can narrow it down to C & F. Now comes the question of the placement of Only.
If we read the sentence with the last non underlined part then it reads as follows.
(C) that for families in which only the husband was employed.
(F) that for families in which husband only was employed.

Now C is pointing to the families in which the husband is the only employed person.
But F is pointing to the families in which husband's only task is to be employed. (Very bad husband indeed :wink: )
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I think it is C .
Any ideas about the OA??
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xiaozhuzai wrote:
In 1982 the median income for married-couple families with a wage-earning wife was $9,000 more than a family where the husband only was employed.

(A) a family where the husband only
(B) of a family where only the husband
(C) that for families in which only the husband
(D) a family in which only the husband
(E) those of families in which the husband only


Choices A and D illogically compared the median income to a family rather than to another median income.

Also, families would be preferable to a family in A, B, and D because the comparison is between groups of families.

In A and B, in which would be preferable to where, since where properly refers to location.

Choices A and E misplace only so that it seems to modify was employed rather than the husband.

In B and E, of is less idiomatic than for, and the plural pronoun those in E does not agree with the singular noun referent income.

C, the best choice, uses the singular pronoun that to stand for income, thus establishing a logical comparison.
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if we see a comparision, immediately look for 2 compared elements or 2 contexts presened by adverbs which are compared. this way would make it more easy to solve
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