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# Three out of every four automobile owners in the United States also

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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.

I was doubting between A and C.

I discarded A because of the "also own" (I considered "also" unnecessary) and chose C despite the passive form is not desirable.

Your opinion will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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30 May 2016, 02:11
EBITDA 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.

I was doubting between A and C.

I discarded A because of the "also own" (I considered "also" unnecessary) and chose C despite the passive form is not desirable.

Your opinion will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

(A) hold
(B) wrong. Subject verb agreement issue (Owns)
(C) hold
(D) Wrong. Subject verb agreement issue (Owns)
(E) Wrong. Wordy, Passive voice.

Between (A) and (C), A is in active voice, and is a more precise construction.

In general GMAT prefers Active Voice.

(C) is in Passive Voice needlessly convoluted. (three out of every four owners of automobiles) ---> too clumsy.
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30 May 2016, 02:14
What about "also own"? The word "also" is unnecessary here.
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30 May 2016, 02:17
EBITDA wrote:
What about "also own"? The word "also" is unnecessary here.

In the given sentence, "also" can be used and is not unnecessary. The sentence means that there are persons who own automobiles and they also own bicycle.
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30 May 2016, 02:24
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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.

I was doubting between A and C.

I discarded A because of the "also own" (I considered "also" unnecessary) and chose C despite the passive form is not desirable.

Your opinion will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Hi,

The problem between A and C is not only active/passive voice but also meaning issue..

what does the sentence mean...
3 out of 4 automobile owners own bicyle also...
Also is required to tell you that they have automobiles and in addition to that they also have bicycles...
so ALSO is required and is not redundant...

this meaning is changed in C
somehow now it can also convey that bicycles are owned by these 3 out of 4 automobile owners and not owned by people not having automobile..

This ambiguity is not there in A
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02 Feb 2017, 22:35
In my opinion if three is the subject own is the verb, then bicycle should add an "s" to go along with the subject&verb
A reads a little weird can some one help explain why A is right?
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In my opinion if three is the subject own is the verb, then bicycle should add an "s" to go along with the subject&verb
A reads a little weird can some one help explain why A is right?

The sentence is saying 3 out of 4 own a bicycle. So, technically, everyone out of those 3 would own one bicycle. If you say bicycles, it would mean all the 3 must have more than 1 bicycle. but the meaning of the sentence is if you own an automobile, then chances of owning a bicycle if 75%. I hope that makes sense.
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07 Apr 2017, 07:21
The error I found is that "in the united states" should modify owners but in C and D it can actually modify either "owners" or "automobiles". Is my thinking correct. Please assist.
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The error I found is that "in the united states" should modify owners but in C and D it can actually modify either "owners" or "automobiles". Is my thinking correct. Please assist.

Not really, "in the United States" need not necessarily be a noun modifier. In C and D you may consider "in the United States" a verb modifier referring to the verb "owns" (meaning: the fact mentioned in the clause happens in the United States). Hence the reason you stated cannot be used to eliminate C and D. Compare with the following:

Barack lives in the United States.... here "in the United States" refers to the verb"lives" (not the noun "Barack").
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