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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. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
b. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
c. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
d. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier
e. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier
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17 Apr 2007, 17:50
suniluic 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. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
b. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
c. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
d. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier
e. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier

Going with B. We should have "one of the Factors that KEEP" because factors is the subject of the second clause and that modifies the closest subject.

--> Must say I am tentative though..waiting for OA..
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17 Apr 2007, 17:57
B it should be.

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

A, D and E are out because "like" is used for comparisons (nouns).
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17 Apr 2007, 17:58
dwivedys wrote:
suniluic 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. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
b. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
c. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
d. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier
e. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier

Going with B. We should have "one of the Factors that KEEP" because factors is the subject of the second clause and that modifies the closest subject.

--> Must say I am tentative though..waiting for OA..

Since we are comparing things "like" is appropriate. I think the subject is "interest rate"
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17 Apr 2007, 18:05
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dwivedys wrote:
suniluic 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. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
b. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
c. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
d. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier
e. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier

Going with B. We should have "one of the Factors that KEEP" because factors is the subject of the second clause and that modifies the closest subject.

--> Must say I am tentative though..waiting for OA..

Since we are comparing things "like" is appropriate. I think the subject is "interest rate"

well...it's actions we are comparing (it's comparing how the housing market spiraled out of control on two occasions; it's NOT comparing the various Factors themselves)
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17 Apr 2007, 18:28
dwivedys wrote:
goalsnr wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
suniluic 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. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
b. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
c. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
d. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier
e. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier

Going with B. We should have "one of the Factors that KEEP" because factors is the subject of the second clause and that modifies the closest subject.

--> Must say I am tentative though..waiting for OA..

Since we are comparing things "like" is appropriate. I think the subject is "interest rate"

well...it's actions we are comparing (it's comparing how the housing market spiraled out of control on two occasions; it's NOT comparing the various Factors themselves)

Agreed, we are comparing actions. So "as" stands correct. Now I pick C:)
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17 Apr 2007, 19:15
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Agreed, we are comparing actions. So "as" stands correct. Now I pick C:)

Congratulations, you are wrong again

B !
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17 Apr 2007, 22:12
dwivedys wrote:
suniluic 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. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
b. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
c. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
d. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier
e. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier

Going with B. We should have "one of the Factors that KEEP" because factors is the subject of the second clause and that modifies the closest subject.

--> Must say I am tentative though..waiting for OA..

No need to be tentative...B it is.

Memorize this rule: Like cannot be used to introduce a clause...it can only compare nouns.
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17 Apr 2007, 22:21
I think dwivedy's (and mine too) tentativeness is around keep vs. keeps, and not like vs. as.
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18 Apr 2007, 03:20
Shouldn't 'one of the factors' be a singular verb. I think 'keeps' sounds better.
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18 Apr 2007, 05:34
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
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Agreed, we are comparing actions. So "as" stands correct. Now I pick C:)

Congratulations, you are wrong again

B !

This question is explained very nicely on thi sthread.

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18 Apr 2007, 08:24
suniluic 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. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
b. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
c. keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
d. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier
e. keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier

Some factors keep the housing market from spiraling out of control. A higher interest rate is one of them. So, "keep" is the correct form
If you remove the clause, "albeit an important one", and then read the sentence, it makes more sense.

I am confused between "as it did" and "like it did". But I believe the better choice is "like it did". "As it did" implies the exact same events that happened earlier in the decade will happen again.
Doesn't make much sense to me either!

I will stick with my gut and choose E

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18 Apr 2007, 09:59
goalsnr wrote:
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
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Agreed, we are comparing actions. So "as" stands correct. Now I pick C:)

Congratulations, you are wrong again

B !

This question is explained very nicely on thi sthread.

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18 Apr 2007, 10:43
OA is B!
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18 Apr 2007, 20:07
abhinava wrote:
goalsnr wrote:
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
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Agreed, we are comparing actions. So "as" stands correct. Now I pick C:)

Congratulations, you are wrong again

B !

This question is explained very nicely on thi sthread.

I stopped reading these explanations and OEs long back. When in confusion I read and reread the relevent chapter in my fav grammar book.
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18 Apr 2007, 20:44
Very nice explantion in the thread.... It cleared lots of doubts.

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19 Apr 2007, 08:13
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
abhinava wrote:
goalsnr wrote:
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
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Agreed, we are comparing actions. So "as" stands correct. Now I pick C:)

Congratulations, you are wrong again

B !

This question is explained very nicely on thi sthread.

I stopped reading these explanations and OEs long back. When in confusion I read and reread the relevent chapter in my fav grammar book.

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22 Apr 2007, 19:54
So Swagatalakshmi what is your favorite grammar book
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22 Apr 2007, 20:32
I refer to several of them. However, these two are my fav :
http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fo ... 14-7188634
http://www.amazon.com/Only-Grammar-Book ... 37&sr=1-61
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23 Apr 2007, 12:36
You may also want to look at Advanced English grammar by Martin Hewings and Cambridge University Press.

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