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5. 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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New post 06 Jul 2008, 07:36
Identify the subject. Three AM owners which is plural. Subject needs plural verb own as opposed to owns

B & D are out

C & E use passive voice. A uses active voice

C also appears to change the meaning.

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New post 06 Jul 2008, 07:42
(A) Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.
Seems OK.

(B) Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle.
"three automobile owners" is plural, so we should have plural verb "own".

(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States.
Passive voice.

(D) In the United States, three out of every four automobile owners owns bicycles.
Same As A.

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

IMO A.

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New post 07 Jul 2008, 13:45
spriya wrote:
5. 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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SV agreement - Three out of every four automobile owners own is correct
B,D-OUT
C-Passive
E-construction awkard, bicycles are also owned by three- passive.

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New post 08 Jul 2008, 12:06
spriya wrote:
5. 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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B,D -- Sub-Verb Agreement problem
C -changes the original meaning.

between A and E..

A looks precise and good.
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New post 08 Jul 2008, 13:19
OA is (A).
But in (A) Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also own a bicycle.
is it ok to say own a bicycle rather than saying own bicycles
This is one doubt.Kindly clarify
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New post 08 Jul 2008, 13:32
There is similar question in OG (I think related to books). What the sentence mean is each of three owners own a single bicycle, not that combined they own bicycles. Hope it helps.

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New post 08 Jul 2008, 13:40
I may be late in responding

I will go with A.

Three out of every four ... owners ...also own a bicycle.

Plural subject -> Plural Verb

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