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927. While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home-owners, whose equity—in many cases representing a life’s savings—can 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

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03 Nov 2007, 11:50
property values is plural so we need a plural to follow. eliminate D and E right away for this error. can potentially is redundent, so you can eliminate B and E. C is somehow wordy. A is the best here.
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03 Nov 2007, 11:53
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property values is plural so we need a plural to follow. eliminate D and E right away for this error. can potentially is redundent, so you can eliminate B and E. C is somehow wordy. A is the best here.

Good point about redundancy eileen, I didn't see that before, but I was confused was with the "they" what can't it be large investors (isn't ambiguous since two plural nouns?)
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03 Nov 2007, 11:57
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property values is plural so we need a plural to follow. eliminate D and E right away for this error. can potentially is redundent, so you can eliminate B and E. C is somehow wordy. A is the best here.

Good point about redundancy eileen, I didn't see that before, but I was confused was with the "they" what can't it be large investors (isn't ambiguous since two plural nouns?)

But if you refer they to large investors, logically it does not make sense.
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03 Nov 2007, 12:00
I agree, but pronouns should be crystal clear with what they refer to, cannot be ambiguous right?
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03 Nov 2007, 12:00
Eileen, I think C is incorrect here because of a modifier error.
"While....property values, FOR homeowners they"

A corrects the modifier error.
"While....property values, they (pronoun)

The object is "they" = property values
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06 Nov 2007, 00:10
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I agree, but pronouns should be crystal clear with what they refer to, cannot be ambiguous right?

I have same opinion as Soomodh. Even in Manhattan SC book same concept has been taught that pronous must be as near as possible to what they refer to. Here its too far from property values.
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06 Nov 2007, 08:52
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927. While depressed property values can hurt some large investors, they are potentially devastating for home-owners, whose equity—in many cases representing a life’s savings—can plunge or even disappear.

(A) they are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose
'they' is modifying 'large investors' instead of 'property values'

(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
same as A

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

(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
'it' cannot refer to values

(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose
same as D

None of the choices look good. Except for in A, they can logically refer only to 'property values'. But it's still pretty ambiguous.

If I had to, I would pick A.
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08 Nov 2007, 09:25
soomodh wrote:
I agree, but pronouns should be crystal clear with what they refer to, cannot be ambiguous right?

Your correct and its why this question took me about 2min. Remember this is the GMAT, we aren't always going to have the perfect answer.

Look for the Least Poor answer...

In that case, its def A.
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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) 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

Meaning Analysis :
While X, Y

X = Depressed property values can hurt Investors
Y = They (Values) are potentially devastating for homeowners, whose lifetime saving can disappear.

Error Analysis :
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.

They is logically referring to depressed property values - Correct
"Whose" refers to Homeowners - Correct
Depressed Property Value - Plural , They plural - No pronoun number error. - Correct

While X, Y - Both X and Y are clause - Correct

Note : Although one can argue that "they can refer to Large investor as well as Depressed property values, but logically we can resolve this ambiguity and hence it is correct.

So as is, we are not able to find any mistake in Option A

In such case, our job should be to Find atleast one mistake in rest four option

Let's do POE

(B) they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
"they, their " wait a second, did we encounter the ambiguity.
First they refers to Values, second they should refer to homeowners correct ?
No - it will not, it is like once you use pronoun in all other occurrence it should refer to same antecedent.

MGMAT note : you've got "they" and "their" in the same clause. if you have two or more instances of "they"/"their" in the SAME CLAUSE, then they must stand for the same thing.

(C) for homeowners they are potentially devastating, because their
"their equity" in C is probably intended to mean "homeowners' equity. But the problem is that "they" has already been used to refer to "values." Multiple uses of the same pronoun must have the same antecedent, or ambiguity is created. Eliminate C.

(D) for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
It --- For plural antecedent "Depressed property values" ---- Incorrect ( I am not taking IT )

(E) it can potentially devastate homeowners, whose
It --- For plural antecedent "Depressed property values" ---- Incorrect

So we found mistake in rest four option, so we are confident in option A
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