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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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02 Mar 2007, 16:16
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i choose E but im not sure..its a tough one and i havent mastered the "like" vs. "As" questions.

i believe one of the [X that ....] is plural if X is plural
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02 Mar 2007, 16:23
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This is a tough one... I pick B because:

1)the word "keep" modifies factors, not the interest rate, as indicated in a modified example that takes out the "middleman" below:

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors ... that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control...

2) The last part of the sentence,"like it did earlier in the decade" is a comparison involving clauses and a verb "did,"and therefore, the correct way to compare the phrases would be to use "as" instead of "like."
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02 Mar 2007, 16:28
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This is a tough one... I pick B because:

1)the word "keep" modifies factors, not the interest rate, as indicated in a modified example that takes out the "middleman" below:

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors ... that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control...

2) The last part of the sentence,"like it did earlier in the decade" is a comparison involving clauses and a verb "did,"and therefore, the correct way to compare the phrases would be to use "as" instead of "like."

I think you are right about B.."As" is used to describe a function, rather than a behavior.

Can you explain the differences between like vs. as.
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nervousgmat wrote:
This is a tough one... I pick B because:

1)the word "keep" modifies factors, not the interest rate, as indicated in a modified example that takes out the "middleman" below:

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors ... that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control...

2) The last part of the sentence,"like it did earlier in the decade" is a comparison involving clauses and a verb "did,"and therefore, the correct way to compare the phrases would be to use "as" instead of "like."

I think you are right about B.."As" is used to describe a function, rather than a behavior.

Can you explain the differences between like vs. as.
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CookieMonster, I believe you mentioned that you have Manhattan SC book. I actually referred to pages 18 and 99 to answer this question. I hope this helps.
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"..like IT did..."

Does "IT" refer to rate? I guess so. "IT" can not relate to "factors".

Or "IT" refers to "housing market"?
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07 Mar 2007, 21:51
since we are refering to the behavior of the market to that of the previous year..we have to use AS...Like is not correct

B is best, one of the factors that KEEP <-- we need keep!
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I think this part of sentence (A higher interest rate is only one of the factors) can be compared to a sentence like this

"One of the many skills a candidate should have". Notice "have" is a plural referring to skills.

Now compare the above sentence to "One of the many skills a candidate should has". This I am sure you have noticed is incorrect. has is singular and cannot be compared to one (singular)....

I hope this helps
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08 Mar 2007, 04:49
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kumarajeet06 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

This is the original sentence

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
The text in green in obviously a clause since it is introduced by the relative pronoun that

The text in red is an intruder so forget him for the time being

since that is placed in the sentence to introduce a clause we should agree with the noun closest to that which is factors
So we need that keep Hence A,C eliminated.

Now it is between like vs as

Here as is appropriate 'cos we use like to show examples(nouns) where as "AS" is used for actions(verbs)

Hence B
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09 Mar 2007, 07:26
2 cents on like vs AS

if you are comparing actions, verbs...use AS

if you are comparing nouns use LIKE.

If you are trying to draw similiarity use LIKE, however if you want to say something is exactly similiar to something..use such as..
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09 Mar 2007, 22:56
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I request experts please comment on this.
B seems to be the OA. (very popular category - middleman in subject verb agreement)

But here is my explanation for being at odds with the OA.
I think this might be a classic trap in the trap. (might)

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.

Two things point to that -

1) "only" one of the factors - The use of "only" indicates singular subject
2) like "it" did earlier in the decade -

I know all over internet the OA is B.

Also as an experiment do a search on following -
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28 Aug 2007, 12:23
jainvineet wrote:
I request experts please comment on this.
B seems to be the OA. (very popular category - middleman in subject verb agreement)

But here is my explanation for being at odds with the OA.
I think this might be a classic trap in the trap. (might)

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.

Two things point to that -

1) "only" one of the factors - The use of "only" indicates singular subject
2) like "it" did earlier in the decade -

I know all over internet the OA is B.

Also as an experiment do a search on following -

like cannot introduce a phrase unless it is a noun phrase.

B is correct.
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05 Jun 2008, 07:42
B/w B &C

B was chosen coz' in B, "Keep" correctly modifies the factors and not the rate of interest.
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08 Jul 2013, 07:23
A higher interest is only on of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiral out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

A) keeps the housing market from spiral out of control, like it did
B) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, as it did
c) keeps the housing market from spiral out of control, as it did
D) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, like
E) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, like it did

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08 Jul 2013, 07:36
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A higher interest is only on of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiral out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

A) keeps the housing market from spiral out of control, like it did
B) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, as it did
c) keeps the housing market from spiral out of control, as it did
D) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, like
E) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, like it did

hi,

rules:

1. One of the Xs that/who <plural verb>
2. One of the Xs <singular verb>
3. only One of the Xs <singular verb>
4. only One of the Xs that/who <plura verbl>
5. "the" only One of the Xs that/who <singular verb>

so using above we clearly need a plural verb...so A and C are out...

now we know LIKE IS NEVER FOLLOWED BY A CLAUSE....HENCE E eliminated....we are left with B AND D

B) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, as it did====>correct

D) keep the housing market from spiral out of control, like ==>ILLOGICAL COMPARISON....we dont know what was earlier in decade...hence wrong

hence B
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