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# While depressed property values can hurt some large

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While depressed property values can hurt some large [#permalink]

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While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home-owners, whose equityÂ¡Âªin many cases representing a lifeÂ¡Â¯s savingsÂ¡Âªcan plunge or even disappear.

(A) they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose

(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their

(C) for homeowners they are potentially devastating, because their

(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their

(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose

why is 'A' correct. can 'they' refer large inverstors ?

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23 Aug 2006, 20:08
final choice between A and C (B and D are awkward, E uses 'it' that is wrong)

will go with A here.

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23 Aug 2006, 20:12
Picking A.
Tough Choice between A and B.
A is more concise and clear by using "whose" although B seems more parallel.
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23 Aug 2006, 21:49
rktal,

'They' is referring back to the 'depressed property values'. Maybe if 'which' were placed after the comma, then the object of the sentence would be unclear as you say.

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24 Aug 2006, 00:00
Ruby wrote:
rdw28

Why can't they refer to large investors?

A is correct.

Which one you think is || ?

While X can hurt Y, X are potentially devastating.........
While X can hurt Y, Y are potentially devastating.........

In the non-underlined part of the sentence we are saying property value are hurting investors then we must say the same for home owners and in the same way. In all the sentence is talking about the effects of depressed property values and not the effects of investors so "they" is clearly referring to "property values"
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25 Aug 2006, 19:16
thanks, Dahia !
that makes sense
but, I remember reading about the pronoun that the pronoun should refer back to the closest now. ?

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but, I remember reading about the pronoun that the pronoun should refer back to the closest now. ?

This is true for relative pronouns "who," "whom," "that," and "which" and not for other pronouns.
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26 Aug 2006, 06:00
awesome, thanks for clarifying, Dahia

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awesome, thanks for clarifying, Dahia

You may find these useful. These sites don't have a list of such rules but are a good reference source.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm
http://www.bartleby.com/64/
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28 Jun 2007, 01:29
ps_dahiya wrote:
rkatl wrote:
but, I remember reading about the pronoun that the pronoun should refer back to the closest now. ?

This is true for relative pronouns "who," "whom," "that," and "which" and not for other pronouns.

Thanks. This will clear up most of the problems I have with referents. On a side note, MGMAT states, as a rule of thumb, that a pronoun should have an unambiguous referent.

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28 Jun 2007, 03:29
Why is E wrong.
If "it" correctly refers (which it does as per me) back to "depressed property values".

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28 Jun 2007, 03:38
dips wrote:
Why is E wrong.
If "it" correctly refers (which it does as per me) back to "depressed property values".

'can potentially' redundant.

A is less evil in these choices.

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28 Jun 2007, 09:37
dips wrote:
Why is E wrong.
If "it" correctly refers (which it does as per me) back to "depressed property values".

depressed property values is plural. It is singular. We need they to refer to depressed property values

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28 Jun 2007, 10:47
B is wrong because their does not have a clear antecedent, their could be property values or their could mean investors

in A the pronoun they clearly refers to the property values

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11 Oct 2011, 17:34
I was leaning towards C... but now I see why A is correct. :/ Tough one!
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