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# While depressed property values can hurt some large

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While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose equity--in many cases representing a life's savings--can plunge or even disappear.

a)
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

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18 Dec 2006, 03:16
A

a)
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
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18 Dec 2006, 06:11
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20 Dec 2006, 09:15
Isnt "they" ambiguous in A?

how do you know if it refers to investors or property values?
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20 Dec 2006, 20:14
buckkitty wrote:
Isnt "they" ambiguous in A?

how do you know if it refers to investors or property values?

Can someone exlain this please?

Is it 'cos they refers to the subject of the modifier(main clause ??) which is the depreseed property values?

Can someone answer this technically please? Like what they refers to rather than by methods like POE

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20 Dec 2006, 20:18
A too..

yes, 'they' seems to confusing, however it is the best choice..
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20 Dec 2006, 20:21
A is the best choice

although they is confusing and it is not clear what they refers to, it is the best option out there.
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23 Dec 2006, 08:40
investors can't be potentially devastating to homeowners (because homeowners are investors too), so logically THEY can only refer to property values, hence choice A is clear

even if you didn't see this, A is the best choice out there anyways
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23 Dec 2006, 09:39
u2lover wrote:
investors can't be potentially devastating to homeowners (because homeowners are investors too), so logically THEY can only refer to property values, hence choice A is clear

even if you didn't see this, A is the best choice out there anyways

Agreed that "they" should logically refer to property values

BUt we have a rule that the pronoun should refer to its immediate noun. So is there a anamoly to that rule?

Thanks!
23 Dec 2006, 09:39
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