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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 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 home owners they are potentially devastating, because their
d. for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
e. it can potentially devastate homewoners, whose

OA -A. In the OG verbal review explains that "They" refers clearly to depressed proprty values.

But I am confused, for me It looks like "they" can refer back to property values or large investors . Can someone throw lights on this.

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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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28 May 2008, 21:49
x2suresh 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. they are potentially devastating for homeowners whose
b. they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
c for home owners they are potentially devastating, because their
d. for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
e. it can potentially devastate homewoners, whose

OA -A. In the OG verbal review explains that "They" refers clearly to depressed proprty values.

But I am confused, for me It looks like "they" can refer back to property values or large investors . Can someone throw lights on this.

Thanks

For SC questions, it is very helpful to eliminate the wrong choices. You can eliminate most choices right away, and the only one left is A. My strategy is never to eliminate A first, even if I can spot an error.

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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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28 May 2008, 23:19
In a DS question of OG 11 - I found an error with the answer and coudl prove it as well - same might apply to this question as well!

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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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29 May 2008, 03:49
gmatnub wrote:
x2suresh 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. they are potentially devastating for homeowners whose
b. they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
c for home owners they are potentially devastating, because their
d. for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
e. it can potentially devastate homewoners, whose

OA -A. In the OG verbal review explains that "They" refers clearly to depressed proprty values.

But I am confused, for me It looks like "they" can refer back to property values or large investors . Can someone throw lights on this.

Thanks

For SC questions, it is very helpful to eliminate the wrong choices. You can eliminate most choices right away, and the only one left is A. My strategy is never to eliminate A first, even if I can spot an error.

Hi gmatnub,

Thanks I chose A too. becuase other options are even worse. Iin OG it explains "they" clearly referes to depressed property values,
But I am confused how it clearly refers to depressed values? Am I missing something?
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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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29 May 2008, 05:30
x2suresh wrote:
gmatnub wrote:
x2suresh 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. they are potentially devastating for homeowners whose
b. they can potentially devastate homeowners in that their
c for home owners they are potentially devastating, because their
d. for homeowners, it is potentially devastating in that their
e. it can potentially devastate homewoners, whose

OA -A. In the OG verbal review explains that "They" refers clearly to depressed proprty values.

But I am confused, for me It looks like "they" can refer back to property values or large investors . Can someone throw lights on this.

Thanks

For SC questions, it is very helpful to eliminate the wrong choices. You can eliminate most choices right away, and the only one left is A. My strategy is never to eliminate A first, even if I can spot an error.

Hi gmatnub,

Thanks I chose A too. becuase other options are even worse. Iin OG it explains "they" clearly referes to depressed property values,
But I am confused how it clearly refers to depressed values? Am I missing something?

No, I do think your confusion is a valid one here but we have to pick the best available option and we all picked A here.

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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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29 May 2008, 13:29
mbawaters wrote:
No, I do think your confusion is a valid one here but we have to pick the best available option and we all picked A here.

MbaWaters,

Sorry If confused you!!! I understood that we have to pick best available option and in this case it is A. thats fine.

My question is in the following sentence Is the pronoun "they" clearly refers to "depressed property values"?

For me, it looks like pronoun "they" can refer to "depressed property values" or "large investors"

"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."
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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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29 May 2008, 14:10
x2suresh wrote:
My question is in the following sentence Is the pronoun "they" clearly refers to "depressed property values"?

two things in this sentence for me, make the referrent of "they" very clear

1) In the non underlined phrase the subject is "property values" and the object is "investors". In the underlined phrase we have "they" and "homeowners". So to make logical sense of the sentence, "they" has to refer to property prices, since how can investors be "potentially devastating for home owners" in the context of this sentence

2) Lets suppose the underlined sentence was modifying investors, wouldn't the underlined sentence be better of starting with "who" or "whose" and not they.

so for the above reason, in my books "they" refers to property prices clearly.

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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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29 May 2008, 15:11
Hello Suresh,

The option A is right as "they" correctly refers to the subject of the argument. The sentence talks about property values and how it affects the objects around it.

If the large property dealer was the subject of the sentence than "they" would have referred to the large property dealer. I have changed the sentence a little bit as below:

The large property dealers are affected by the change in property values, they can incur huge loses if the property prices goes down.

In the above sentence, large property is the subject of the sentence and "they" refer to it.

Thanks

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Re: SC depressed property values -- OGV-19 [#permalink]

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30 May 2008, 11:55
sachinn wrote:
Hello Suresh,

The option A is right as "they" correctly refers to the subject of the argument. The sentence talks about property values and how it affects the objects around it.

If the large property dealer was the subject of the sentence than "they" would have referred to the large property dealer. I have changed the sentence a little bit as below:

The large property dealers are affected by the change in property values, they can incur huge loses if the property prices goes down.

In the above sentence, large property is the subject of the sentence and "they" refer to it.

Thanks

Thanks Guys!!! How stupid am I why I didn't get this....

They -- refers to Subject Pronoun(here it is "depressed property values ")

if we use object pronoun "them" in the second sentence then it would refer to "large investors"
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