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In the United States, more than half of all arrests for serious crimes

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In the United States, more than half of all arrests for serious crimes against property are of 20 years olds or younger.


A. of 20 years olds or younger.
B. 20 years old or younger.
C. of persons 20 years old or younger.
D. persons 20 years old or less.
E. 20 years old or less.


1. What's wrong with b?
MORE THAN HALF OF ALL ARREST for serious crimes against property are 20 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER.

2. How different is c from "persons who are 20 years old or younger"? <- Can this be the answer?

Originally posted by eybrj2 on 03 Apr 2012, 03:58.
Last edited by Bunuel on 12 Nov 2018, 03:45, edited 1 time in total.
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1. What's wrong with b?
MORE THAN HALF OF ALL ARREST for serious crimes against property are 20 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER.

2. How different is c from "persons who are 20 years old or younger"? <- Can this be the answer?



in B, '20 years or younger' wrongly modifies 'arrests'.... the arrests arent 20 years or younger....the arrests are happenning now.....its the people comitting the crime who are aged 20 years or younger...

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SEE THE SENTENCE THIS WAY:

In the United States, more than half of all arrests for serious crimes against property are [u]of 20 years olds or younger.

Now you cant say
1) ARRESTS are PERSONS
2) ARRESTS are 20 YEARS OLD
3) ARRESTS are of 20 yrs olds or younger

These all generates nonsensical meaning and hence are just incorrect.

NOW TO OPTIONS:

a) of 20 years olds or younger

--> This option states that ARRESTS have some age--> ITS WRONG.

b) 20 years old or younger

c) of persons 20 years old or younger
--> CORRECT

d) persons 20 years old or less

e) 20 years old or less


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In the United State, more than half of all the arrests for serious crimes against property are of 20 year olds or younger.

(a) of 20 year olds or younger -> Talking about arrests not person
(b) 20 years old or younger SAme as a
(c) of persons 20 years old or younger
(d) persons 20 years old or less
(e) 20 years old or less

Originally posted by AgarwalArpit20 on 08 Jun 2018, 19:40.
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(a) of 20 year ((olds)) or younger - use of olds seems awkward and incorrect.

(b) 20 years old or younger - changes the meaning of the sentence. It seems as if arrests are 20 years old... illogical.

(c) /of persons/ 20 years /old/ or younger
- correct. Keep.
(d) persons 20 years old or less - change in meaning. Incorrect.

(e) 20 years old or less - same as B.

Hence, IMO C.

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New post 02 Jul 2018, 17:28
A. arrests are of 20 years olds or younger.

B. arrests are 20 years old or younger.

C. arrests are of persons 20 years old or younger.

D. arrests are persons 20 years old or less.

E. arrests are 20 years old or less.

arrests can't be xyz old :D ...eliminate B and E. D says arrests are person. A says 20 years OLDS. What is Olds...Eliminate A.

Answer is C.
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I was very reluctant to choose C because I don't think that persons is a correct word. I checked out a couple of links (can't post since I've not been a member for more than 5 days through this account) & they happen to tell the same thing. While there is no referent in option A, wouldn't it be the safest option considering that a word like persons doesn't exist?

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[quote="eybrj2"]In the United States, more than half of all arrests for serious crimes against property are of 20 years olds or younger.


A. of 20 years olds or younger.
B. 20 years old or younger.
C. of persons 20 years old or younger.
D. persons 20 years old or less.
E. 20 years old or less.

Can someone help me understand after or should it be less or lesser. if in option D we had "of persons 20 years old or lesser" would it be correct?
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New post 21 Sep 2019, 01:48
C. of persons 20 years old or younger.

if we do not have younger , it is better use fewer or lesser in this case ,instead ???
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New post 21 Sep 2019, 02:07
It has to be C. SOme may argue that the old and younger doesnt go together well and older would be better.

HOwever, the sentence's meaning will change entirely if one uses older in place of old. 20 years old or younger = less than or equal to 20 years. 20 years older or younger may mean >20 years or <20 years.
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