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A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

A. that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade
B. that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
C. that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
D. that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
E. that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade
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15 Jun 2006, 10:22
C. that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade

the sentence requires "keeps" in which case only A and C fit.

"like" isn't the best usage... as is correct. Thus C.
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15 Jun 2006, 10:22
Should be B.

Looks like a question checking for differences b/w 'like' and 'as'.
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15 Jun 2006, 10:26

Yup. It does.

Should still be B. 'X is one of the factors that keep Y from blah blah'... At least thats how I see it...
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15 Jun 2006, 10:34
Can someone tell me why the stress is on 'Interest rates' and not 'factors'? That is the point of contention...
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15 Jun 2006, 10:51
X & Y wrote:
A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

A. that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade
B. that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
C. that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
D. that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
E. that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade

I'll go with B.

- Subject verb agreement between "factors" and "keep"
- Uses "as" vs. "like"

Like is used to compare two objects. As is used to compare clauses/phrases
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15 Jun 2006, 12:20
^ C ^

Can someone tell me why the stress is on 'Interest rates' and not 'factors'? That is the point of contention...

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade.

Pay attention to the bold "it". We have it in the latter part so it means that we will modify the interest rate not factors ..

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15 Jun 2006, 12:24

I thought 'it' was for the housing market! Total miss

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15 Jun 2006, 12:32
singular - keeps
Between A and C choose C
as in the earlier decade is better than like in the earlier decade
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15 Jun 2006, 20:08
Will go with C.

Usually in cases where you see somethign like one of the factors/companies......... the subject is usually plural but in this case the thing to be noted is that we are talking about the interest rate not in general about the factors.
Hence its singular and keeps........
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15 Jun 2006, 20:55
Definitely B

Subject is plural so should be the verb. It is for market so it is irrelevant here. Furthemore if you regard the rate as the subject
, the sentence become meaningless. That's it, if the rate is one of the factors and the rest of the sentence is describing the rate, so one of what factors is rate. Just factors in general?
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15 Jun 2006, 21:17
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Definitely B

Subject is plural so should be the verb. It is for market so it is irrelevant here. Furthemore if you regard the rate as the subject
, the sentence become meaningless. That's it, if the rate is one of the factors and the rest of the sentence is describing the rate, so one of what factors is rate. Just factors in general? :lol:

agree with B

"factors keep the housing market from spiraling out of control"
not "one keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control"
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15 Jun 2006, 21:18
agree with B

"factors keep the housing market from spiraling out of control"
not one keeps..
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15 Jun 2006, 21:30
we need 'keeps' as the interest rate is only ONE of the factors. B,D,E --> out
A is out as it uses 'like' inappropriately.

C is best.
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15 Jun 2006, 22:48
Cool - people are totally divided... now whats the OA
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15 Jun 2006, 22:58
It's C.

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade.

Key is "it".
Also we need "as" to compare the clauses.

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15 Jun 2006, 23:06
freetheking wrote:
deowl wrote:
Definitely B

Subject is plural so should be the verb. It is for market so it is irrelevant here. Furthemore if you regard the rate as the subject
, the sentence become meaningless. That's it, if the rate is one of the factors and the rest of the sentence is describing the rate, so one of what factors is rate. Just factors in general?

agree with B

"factors keep the housing market from spiraling out of control"
not "one keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control"

"it" here is used for "A higher interest rate".
So we need singular verb "keeps" for singular subject "A higher interest rate".

So C.

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16 Jun 2006, 00:57
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It's C.

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade.

Key is "it".
Also we need "as" to compare the clauses.

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Nope, this is wrong.

The sentence could be rephrased as follows:

The housing market spiraled out of control earlier in the decade, but now
several factors, one of which is a higher interest rate, keep it from doing so.

If you try to rephrase the sentence in your way, you will find it completely meaningless.
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16 Jun 2006, 06:15
I haven't posted in verbal for a long time but couldn't help to chime in for this one.

A higher interest rate is one of the factors that ...

The clause led by "that" is modifying the word "factors". In other words the verb needs to be plaural. Example:
Paul is one of the people who love to read.
This eliminate the options A and C.

The second point being tested is like vs as. "like" normally is used to give examples. "as" is more appropriate here.

Therefore B would be the correct answer, in my opinion.
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16 Jun 2006, 06:18
OA is B. Great Explanations
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