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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. same
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

I chose B - is it correct ?

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21 Feb 2007, 11:26
dont know much.......
but what is bad in A ???
can be A........ btw, wots the ans??
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21 Feb 2007, 17:58
I choose A b/c of pronoun usage in B

whats the difference between using they and their?

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21 Feb 2007, 21:12
Tough one... They all seem wrong.

A and E are wrong, because homeowners can't have any equity, only homes can have equity. I don't like B either because it looks like a dangling modifier problem - it is not clear what/who is "they" depressed property values orinvestors + what is "their"? homeowners? they can't have equity; depressed property values? does not make sence at all. And C looks flawed, what's "their" depressed property values, homeowners, not clear. D same.

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21 Feb 2007, 22:31
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

Here "they" refers to the subject of the modifier (property values)

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22 Feb 2007, 07:23
kkarank wrote:
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. same
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

I chose B - is it correct ?

A.
all have pronouns, so let's pick the answer with the least ambiguous pronoun reference.

B-"their" is very ambiguous. "in that" is wordy
C-"their"
D-"it" is a pronoun error
E-"it" is a pronoun error

"they" refers to depressed property values, through logical flow of sentence. And proper usage of "whose" to refer to homeowners removes any ambiguity at the end of the sentence.

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22 Feb 2007, 14:26
It seems that the right answer is A.

Look at prior threads, this one for example

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=34025

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23 Feb 2007, 11:19
yes the Answer is A but what is wrong with the 'in that' bit in B ??

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23 Feb 2007, 12:37
kkarank wrote:
yes the Answer is A but what is wrong with the 'in that' bit in B ??

B is wrong, because we have an option A

B is more wordy and introduces uncertainty with the word can potentially........

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02 Nov 2011, 01:45
kkarank wrote:
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. same
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

I chose B - is it correct ?

+1 A. In B who is "their" referring to ?

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02 Nov 2011, 07:12
The less weird and the most appropriate must be A.

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02 Nov 2011, 07:22
IMO-E,

"depressed property values" requires It and not They.Hence option B & A are out. "For homeowners" as well its awkward.

Can someone please correct if i am missing something.

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02 Nov 2011, 12:18

A. they are potentially devastating for homeowners,whose [Whose correctly refer to homeowners]
B. they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their [their reference]
C. for homeowners they are potentially devastating,because their [their reference]
D. for homeowners,it is potentially devastating in that their [SVA]
E. it can potentially devastate homeowners,whose [SVA it??]

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03 Nov 2011, 08:05
Answer is A. Because all pronouns clearly refer to their antecedents

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21 Mar 2012, 09:38
OA is A.

Plural subject requires plural pronoun. So D & E out. B & C modification error. 'their' seems to be modifying homeowners instead of property values.
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21 Mar 2012, 09:48
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