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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.

Originally posted by vaivish1723 on 30 Jun 2009, 11:14.
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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.
(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 OA is A but how can "three" automobile owners also own "a" bicycle? C seems to be the best answer even if it's in passive voice.

Would appreciate your help on this.

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Here if I understand Yash, his doubt is not about the plurality of the past tense verb won. After all, won can be both singular of plural in all the three persons.
His point is how three people can own a single bike, as if one owns the front wheel, the second the frame and third the back wheel. This is just amusing in the least. However, it is not uncommon to use a singular object for a general group; we often say most of the IT people have a house; most of the rural houses in Kerala have at least one Jack tree. The humans have a pair of eyes. This is a commonly accepted usage. Therefore, there is no need to bother much. A is good enough.
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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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IMO A
A. Correct subject-verb agreement; '3 automobile owners' correctly goes with plural verb form 'own'; sentence construction looks logical;
B. Incorrect subject-verb agreement; '3 automobile owners' incorrectly goes with singular verb form 'owns';
C. Incorrect; Usage of less preferred Passive Voice; Rather than making a generic statement like 'Three out of every four automobile owners...', this option makes a specific statement ' three out of every four owners of automobiles';
D. Incorrect; same subject-verb problem as that of B;
E. Incorrect modifier; modifier 'Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States' incorrectly modifies bicycles;
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This reminds me of another officially correct answer that often creates confusion:

Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.

Again, this sentence does not imply that all Neanderthals just shared one vocal tract.
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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?



"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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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.

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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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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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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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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. -- Correct
(B) Out of every four, three automobile owners in the United States also owns a bicycle. -- subject -verb agreement --three owners owns
(C) Bicycles are owned by three out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States. -- it becomes a statement about bicycles, and thus takes on an unreasonable meaning.
(D) In the United States, three out of every four automobile owners owns bicycles. -- subject -verb agreement -- three owns
(E) Out of every four owners of automobiles in the United States, bicycles are also owned by three. -- the phrase beginning Out of every four ... cannot properly modify bicycles, and the passive construction (bicycles are also owned) is awkward and does not contribute meaningfully to the sentence. The plural nouns bicycles and automobiles suggest imprecisely that each person owns more than one of each.


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Teenage girls are concerned with fashion.
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Fashion is a concern of teenage girls.

The first statement is about teenage girls. I.e., according to #1, teenage girls in general are concerned with fashion, i.e., it's relatively rare to find a teenage girl who is unconcerned with fashion.
#1 says nothing about whether other demographics (e.g., teenage boys, middle-aged adults) are concerned with fashion.

The second statement is about fashion. According to #2, fashion is largely confined to teenage girls, and it's rare to find someone else (a boy or an adult) who is concerned with fashion.
#2 says nothing about whether most teenage girls are concerned with fashion.

Note the wide divergence between the two. In fact, #1 is basically true while #2 is false.

That's the problem with C: it implies that the ownership of bicycles is largely confined to people who also own cars. Weird.
(You can also eliminate it because it's needlessly indirect, but that's the real reason.)

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"three" + modifiers. so, plural.

of every 4 days, 3 are sunny and 1 is rainy.
1 of every 4 days is rainy.
3 of every 4 days are sunny.
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