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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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A is short, grammatically correct. Just a first reading of A suggests that it should be the answer, becoz its hard to find a simpler way of putting forward the same idea.

(B)Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle. besides that, the sentence structure is not as simple as that of A

(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States. passive voice.... NO NO for Gmat
(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. wordy and awkward construction
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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. CORRECT
(B) Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle. PASSIVE VOICE
(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. using plural "bicycles" changes the meaning. This sentence means that each of these 3 automobile owners owns more than 1 bicycle
(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three. PASSIVE VOICE

passive voice makes the sentences awkward in C, E

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Okay quick question. I eliminated A based on the logic that 3 owners will not own a single bicycle. So we should be looking for a plural bicycles for 3 out of 4 automobile owners. I picked C inspite of the passive and awkward construction primarily because it uses the plural bicycles for 3 automobile owners.

Can someone point out where I am going wrong?
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21 Mar 2015, 11:05
AmoyV wrote:
Okay quick question. I eliminated A based on the logic that 3 owners will not own a single bicycle. So we should be looking for a plural bicycles for 3 out of 4 automobile owners. I picked C inspite of the passive and awkward construction primarily because it uses the plural bicycles for 3 automobile owners.

Can someone point out where I am going wrong?

"3 out of every 4 owners own a bicycle" means they individually own a bicycle. Anyways this is a non-issue here. There are other glaring problems in the other problems as pointed out by the posters above. I found following two news article in which you can find similar usage. Just search for "own a" in the articles.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/che ... 994943.ece
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobi ... m0nti.html

Also go through a very detailed explanation by Ron here:
http://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forum ... 25273.html
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30 Sep 2016, 09:20
"Three out of 4 automobile owners" is the death trap here. This can be simply thought as "Three owners out of every 4 automobile owners" own a bicycle. This makes the sentence clearer and also single out option D, with S/V error. Other options have glaring issues with them. Hence A.

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