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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

the answer is A , but I was inclined to choose D. Where am i going wrong?
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30 Sep 2006, 20:30
A is the answer. D uses owns that doesn't go well with plural noun.

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30 Sep 2006, 22:19
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

the answer is A , but I was inclined to choose D. Where am i going wrong?

"three out of four" requires plural verb "own" and not "owns".
So A is correct and D is wrong.

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01 Oct 2006, 07:09
b14kumar 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

the answer is A , but I was inclined to choose D. Where am i going wrong?

"three out of four" requires plural verb "own" and not "owns".
So A is correct and D is wrong.

Regards,
Brajesh

Additionally, owners own... is unnecessarily redundant in D.

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01 Oct 2006, 19:13
diegmat wrote:
This is an SVA issue...owners "own"...

well, best of all 5 is what GMAT is about.

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01 Oct 2006, 19:13
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