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29 Jan 2011, 00:15
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Step 1 ‘Like it did’ is wrong. ‘Like’ can not be followed by a clause. So A D E are out. In addition ‘like earlier earlier’ and ‘like it did earlier earlier’ in D and E respectively are junk.

Step 2. B and C both use the pronoun ‘it’. Only ‘keeps’ can be the appropriate verb for that singular pronoun. Hence C wins.

Whatever way you look, you can not justify the plural verb ‘keep’, IMO, the OA is questionable.
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29 Jan 2011, 11:03
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+1 B

Two reasons:
a) One of the FACTORS that: "factors" is plural, so it requires a verb in plural form (keep).
b) "like it did" is wrong. "Like" doesn't accept clauses.

PS. "IT" refers to the "market". That's why B is correct.

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13 Apr 2011, 03:19
This question is the BANE of my existence.....it's B....no it's C....no it's B!

There are convincing arguments for both sides of B and C, despite the OA being B, I find it hard to believe that factors can be the subject.

Steve is one of the students who always DOES his homework?

OR

Steve is one of the students who always DO their homework?

The Vancouver Canucks is one of the hockey teams that IS playing for the Stanley cup this year?

OR

The Vancouver Canucks is one of the hockey teams that ARE playing for the Stanley Cup this year?
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13 Apr 2011, 03:38
"is one of the factors that keep" is the correct construction
however "it" cannot be used here since the subject is plural.
wrong options imo
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19 Apr 2011, 09:52
+1 B

S-V agreement.
Correct comparison.
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19 Apr 2011, 17:39
i am confuse in B and C. why you need plural verb for the 'one of factors'? Isn't it should be singular. similar to 'Each of the factors' will require a singular verb and similarly 'Not one of my friends IS here this weekend'

Please someone explain the rule for 'One of <something>'
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03 May 2011, 19:47
After reading a lot, I agree that B is correct. To know the subject we can ask "who keeps housing prices down?" - it is factors.

So factors is the subject. Interest rate is just one among many factors
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04 May 2011, 02:59
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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) keepsthe 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

Between B and C, C should be the answer but some usage experts prefer to consider this as plural and will say B.

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/oneofthe.html

But my vote is for C
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04 May 2011, 03:55
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x2suresh 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.

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/oneofthe.html

But my vote is for C

Notice two sentences below

Akhil is one of the students who are studying for gmat.
Akhil is the one of students who is studying for gmat.

You can notice in first sentence we are talking of students in general. Placement of "the" is additional help to see this.

I was able to find fancy word for these things - noun idea
If a noun subject and its prepositional phrase make up a complete "noun idea," then the adjective clause can describe either the first or the second noun in this "idea." For example:

The presents for my sister, who is turning sixty-five today, have not been wrapped.
The presents for my sister, which were purchased from the corner store, have not been wrapped.

In Sencond sentence we are talking of "Akhil". You can co-relate this with gmat question and see why subject is plural

In example link you posted - it matches the second type I explained - "the one"
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04 May 2011, 17:27
x2suresh 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) keepsthe 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

Jusr focusing on the keyword 'as' and 'like", we can already eliminate A, D and E. Why?
In this sentence LIKE compares 'spiraling out of control' to 'how it did spiraled out earlier'. LIKE is used to compare nouns. AS is used to compare clauses.

Now, to bag the right answer between B and C. Look at the subject 'factors that' this is plural so we should use KEEP. Answer is
B.

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05 May 2011, 00:37
factors ....that ..keep - correct verb
as is the correct usage since spiraling out of control - an action is being compared here.

thus B
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05 Jul 2011, 04:03
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After reading a lot, I agree that B is correct. To know the subject we can ask "who keeps housing prices down?" - it is factors.

So factors is the subject. Interest rate is just one among many factors

B

Above explaination makes complete sense ....
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16 Jul 2011, 05:34
I got the following notes from a book shared by someone in this forum.The name of the book is SC-Guide. I cant recall who shared it. Jump to page 105,

Mark is one of those independent carpenters who want to work for
themselves.
Marilyn is the only one of the gymnasts who wants to compete in the
Olympics.

In 2, The antecedent is "only" and thus the pronoun "who" agrees in number. I am a bit confused whether we can apply this rule directly to this question. In case the rule is applicable, then answer is C. However, there is a difference in the 2nd sentence and the question. Marilyn is one among many gymnasts and only she aspires for the Olympics. Other gymnasts are aspiring something else or nothing at all. The same logic can't be applied to this question as from the sentence it seems that all factors have a common purpose for preventing from letting the housing markets going out of control. So, I believe that the answer is B.
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16 Jul 2011, 05:52
I will go with B.

...factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling

Step 1: Eliminate the modifier "albeit an important one". This leads to =>
factors that keeps the housing market from spiraling : This means the "that ..." clause is actually specifying the characterstic of "factors" => It means there is a group of factors that do something...and interest rate is one of that group.

In other words, it answers the question :What type of factors? Ans: Those factors that keep the housing market ....

This is the reason why we have plural verb (keep) after that.

"it" in the sentence refers to higher interest rate, which is singular. Hence the usage is correct.

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30 Jul 2011, 11:36
x2suresh 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) keepsthe 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

Its a very good 700+ level question
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31 Jul 2011, 03:47
I go with C....please explain why B
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02 Aug 2011, 01:54
+1 for B
One of the factors(plural)
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02 Aug 2011, 08:36
I hate such questions in which you can't confidently say whether the answer is B or C.
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06 Aug 2011, 06:44
“Like it did” should not be used for an action but for a noun so A, D and E are eliminated.
The noun just preceding That is the Subject which is “factors” and hence “keep” should be the verb here. Hence “B” is correct.
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16 May 2012, 07:26
I picked C at first but after a closer examination B is a correct option since that refer to "factors". This is an Mahattan question.
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