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The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since

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The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
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The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped

"which" is used for animals/things but for human beings "who/whom" must be used. And singular "it" incorrectly referring to plural "market values".

B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values

"who" is used instead of "which". But "who" should refer to "small investors" and here "small investors" is the object and not the subject, so "whom" should be used. Moreover "who" should not be used if it is preceded by a preposition.

C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since

--> Correct: "whom" is used correctly. But here I doubt the use of "and" before "since". Contrast has to be there and so "but" should be used instead of "and".

D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped --> "they" ambiguous, might refer to either "rental properties" or "market values"

E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since --> same as A. use of "which" is incorrect"
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The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since

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THAT/WHICH cannot be used to refer to human beings..
INVESTORS =>human beings therefore use of WHICH is wrong in option A and E.
Now we are down to B/C/D

According to meaning of sentence 2 things have been described about the INVESTORS:
1)They had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high
2) They have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords

now basing the meaning of sentence USE OF CONTRAST WORD BUT is wrong.
lets analyze each option.


A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
WRONG.
-Use of which is wrong
-use of BUT is wrong

B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
WRONG.
-use of WHO is wrong(correct usage is WHOM)( Check this out: http://gmatclub.com/blog/2010/02/%E2%80 ... orrection/)
-use of BUT is wrong

C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
CORRECT.
-Correct use of past perfect.
-Correct use of AND.

D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
WRONG.
-past perfect is required instead of simple past
-meaning changed
-use of BUT is wrong.

E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since
WRONG.
-USE OF WHICH IS WRONG
-change in meaning
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The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since

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Transcendentalist wrote:
The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since

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THAT/WHICH cannot be used to refer to human beings..
INVESTORS =>human beings therefore use of WHICH is wrong in option A and E.
Now we are down to B/C/D

According to meaning of sentence 2 things have been described about the INVESTORS:
1)They had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high
2) They have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords

now basing the meaning of sentence USE OF CONTRAST WORD BUT is wrong.
lets analyze each option.


A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
WRONG.
-Use of which is wrong
-use of BUT is wrong

B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
WRONG.
-use of WHO is wrong(correct usage is WHOM)( Check this out: http://gmatclub.com/blog/2010/02/%E2%80 ... orrection/)
-use of BUT is wrong

C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
CORRECT.
-Correct use of past perfect.
-Correct use of AND.

D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
WRONG.
-past perfect is required instead of simple past
-meaning changed
-use of BUT is wrong.

E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since
WRONG.
-USE OF WHICH IS WRONG
-change in meaning


Hi I have a doubt here,
I looked at the link that you have attached with your post for Who v/s Whom, now
When you say "1)They had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high" ;

Basicaly when I ask a question "Who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high"

I get an answer "They" and not them

So shouldn't the sentence have "Who" instead of "whom"??

Can anyone please help me on this?

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[quote="Transcendentalist"]The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped…You can't use which to refer to people. It has to whom….
B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values…..we nee whom here not who….even if you didn't get this error…..usage of when is wrong "when" is used to refer to time only and here no time is mentioned.
C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped…usage of "they" is ambiguous……usage of when is wrong as mentioned in option B.
E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since…usage of "which" is wrong because for human beings we always use "who" or "whom"…..we need past perfect tense here….simple past doesn't show the sequence of events……


The only choice that doesn't have any error is C.

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blueseas wrote:
Transcendentalist wrote:
The current real estate market exerts a greater pull on small investors, many of which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped, have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords.

A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since

OE to follow...

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THAT/WHICH cannot be used to refer to human beings..
INVESTORS =>human beings therefore use of WHICH is wrong in option A and E.
Now we are down to B/C/D

According to meaning of sentence 2 things have been described about the INVESTORS:
1)They had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high
2) They have reassessed the profitability of becoming landlords

now basing the meaning of sentence USE OF CONTRAST WORD BUT is wrong.
lets analyze each option.


A) which had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since it dropped
WRONG.
-Use of which is wrong
-use of BUT is wrong

B) who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but, since the drop in market values
WRONG.
-use of WHO is wrong(correct usage is WHOM)( Check this out: http://gmatclub.com/blog/2010/02/%E2%80 ... orrection/)
-use of BUT is wrong

C) whom had avoided buying rental properties before the high market values dropped, and since
CORRECT.
-Correct use of past perfect.
-Correct use of AND.

D) whom avoided buying rental properties when market values were high, but since they dropped
WRONG.
-past perfect is required instead of simple past
-meaning changed
-use of BUT is wrong.

E) which avoided buying rental properties before the previously high market values dropped, and since
WRONG.
-USE OF WHICH IS WRONG
-change in meaning


Hi I have a doubt here,
I looked at the link that you have attached with your post for Who v/s Whom, now
When you say "1)They had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high" ;

Basicaly when I ask a question "Who had avoided buying rental properties when market values were high"

I get an answer "They" and not them

So shouldn't the sentence have "Who" instead of "whom"??

Can anyone please help me on this?


Who is used for subject and whom for objects. In this sentence investors serve as object and hence take objective case whom. Hope that is clear.

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John is a great guy who excels at everything he does.

The government of INDIA has passed a food security bill for the poor people; many of whom cannot afford a square meal.
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