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# Three out of every four automobile owners in the United

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Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.

(A) Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.
(B) Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle.
(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States.
(D) In the United States, three out of every four automobile owners owns bicycles.
(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three.

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20 Jun 2005, 18:09
A. grammer... subject verb
Three ........................................... own a bicycle.
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20 Jun 2005, 18:11
Yeah i arrived at the same conclusion - subject verb issue and thus eliminated B, C and D.

However why is E wrong? It just sounds wrong. Is anything gramatically wrong with it besides the fact that it uses passive voice?
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20 Jun 2005, 21:34
gmataquaguy wrote:
Yeah i arrived at the same conclusion - subject verb issue and thus eliminated B, C and D.

However why is E wrong? It just sounds wrong. Is anything gramatically wrong with it besides the fact that it uses passive voice?

(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three.

If you want a specific incorrect item, (E) changes bicycle to plural bicycles. That somewhat changes the meaning of the sentence enough to probably rule it out (surely each of those 3 out of 4 people do not own multiple bicycles?) Maybe not wrong, but definitely ambiguous and imprecise.

Aside from that, (E) is constructed to be clumsy and uneconomical with the unnecessary passive voice, "owners of automobiles" instead of "automobile owners", the wordy inverted "out of every four..." instead of the simple and direct "3 out of 4" phraseology, which has been common for decades at least, thanks to commercials.

And "bicycles are also" is a weird construction when in reality it is the "owners" who also do something ... bicycles haven't done anything yet at that point in the sentence, so how can they be introduced as also being anything?
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21 Jun 2005, 15:21
gmataquaguy wrote:
Yeah i arrived at the same conclusion - subject verb issue and thus eliminated B, C and D.

However why is E wrong? It just sounds wrong. Is anything gramatically wrong with it besides the fact that it uses passive voice?

I think E might be wrong because of the passive voice usage
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21 Jun 2005, 16:49
A.

Given a choice we should always prefer active tone.
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24 Jun 2005, 17:20
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(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three.

Aside from that, (E) is constructed to be clumsy and uneconomical with the unnecessary passive voice, "owners of automobiles" instead of "automobile owners"

Super, how is the expression "owners of automobiles" passive voice? Not nitpicking or anything but to me it seems that "auotmobiles" is just the object of the preposition "of". I dont see a "subject" "object" inversion. But i definitely agree that "owners of automobiles" is a convoluted way of saying automobile owners.
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25 Jun 2005, 22:31
gmataquaguy wrote:
Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.

(A) Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.
(B) Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle.
(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States.
(D) In the United States, three out of every four automobile owners owns bicycles.
(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three.

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Three owners.... own a bicycle.

B, C and D are out. E is passive voice - reject it.

A it is.
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28 Jun 2005, 19:46

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