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29 Aug 2011, 05:11
'That' refers to 'factors'. Hence it should be 'keep' and not 'keeps'.

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29 Aug 2011, 06:05
The answer is B. 'keep' describes 'factors' and not 'one'. Therefore, all options with 'keeps' are automatically ruled out.
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03 Sep 2011, 08:25
I agree with C. If you notice the sentence also has ""is" one of the flavors..." which is in line with "keeps".

How can you say "is one of the flavors that keep". The verb "keep" refers to the noun cluster "one of the flavors", which is considered singular.
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05 Dec 2011, 09:14
YES ITS B Because "factors" are the subject "as" as we are modifying the clause.
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29 Aug 2012, 04:33
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Whoah..This one seems to have split the opinions right on the dotted line. Let me add my 2c.

When it come to certain pronouns (SANAMO), one has to look at the object of the preposition phrase to determine if the verb needs to be singular or plural. The SANAMO pronouns are (Some, Any, None, All, Most,One) .

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

The emphasis in the above sentence is NOT on the higher interest rate (which is singular). The emphasis is on the subject of that -->in this case that happens to be factors.

Let's look at some other examples :-
- John is one of the boys who play soccer. - The emphasis is on boys who playsoccer.
- John is the only one among the boys who plays soccer - The emphasis is on John.

Note the difference in the emphasis. The emphasis varies between "John" and "boys".

Usually when we see the construct "one of THE..blah blah.." this is good indicator that the verb needs to be singular.
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29 Aug 2012, 06:35
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.
Incorrect: keeps is wrong; when we have "one of Pl. noun" we use plural verb
(B) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
Correct: Keep, plural verb form is correctly used here. As in place of like, is to be used with clause.
(C) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
Incorrect: uses Keeps. S-V disagreement.
(D) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
Incorrect: Like is incorrect
(E) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade
Incorrect: Like is incorrect
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29 Aug 2012, 07:50
Ok Please any one explain, "That keep" here modifying Factors.
then In second part "IT" (Singular) refers to What ?
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29 Aug 2012, 08:09
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Ok Please any one explain, "That keep" here modifying Factors.
then In second part "IT" (Singular) refers to What ?

Look at the sentence fragment - that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
Something spiraled out of control.

What spiraled out of control ?
Is it the Higher interest rate or the housing market ?
It is the housing market

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29 Aug 2012, 08:15
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This question takes the form - One of the X who/that Y

Rule 1:One of the 'Noun' (will always be plural) + who/that + PLURAL verb
Example:This is one of the cars that BELONG/BELONGS to him.

the plural verb - BELONG is correct.
Rule 2:One of the 'Noun' (will always be plural) + SINGULAR Verb (usually 'is')

Example:One of the chairs IS/ARE broken.
the singular verb - IS is correct.

Therefore, in the question on hand:
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 higher interest rate is only ONE OF THE factors,.....,THAT (PLURAL VERB) KEEP ...., AS (because LIKE is ONLY to compare nouns).....

Hence, B is the correct answer.

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29 Aug 2012, 08:25
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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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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.

Here we see, 'that' introduces essential clause. So, 'that' refers back to 'factors' which is plural. Hence we need plural verb.

(A) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade. >> 'keeps' Wrong
(B) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade >> Correct verb, also we use 'as' for comparison of two clauses.
(C) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade >> 'keeps' Wrong
(D) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade >> 'like' wrong
(E) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade >> 'like' wrong

Hope it clears the doubt.
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29 Aug 2012, 09:34
Someone please explain the usage of "it did earlier" ... I thought 'it' refers to only 'higher interest rate' and not all factors; therefore went with. C
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29 Aug 2012, 09:38
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Someone please explain the usage of "it did earlier" ... I thought 'it' refers to only 'higher interest rate' and not all factors; therefore went with. C

You are right here in identifying the antecedent for the pronoun it.
i.e. In the phrase 'it did earlier', 'it' is used in place of the higher interest rate

But if you look at the meaning of the sentence, it says:
Higher interest rate and some other factors KEEP (and not KEEPS) throwing the housing market out of control, as it did earlier in the decade.

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29 Aug 2012, 10:26
Even i agree with kissthegmat,but this questions has been controversial so far in every topic/post (B Vs C).
I request e-gmat instructors to chime in and throw some light on this question.Please guide.
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29 Aug 2012, 13:54
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Even i agree with kissthegmat,but this questions has been controversial so far in every topic/post (B Vs C).
I request e-gmat instructors to chime in and throw some light on this question.Please guide.

I picked it wrong at first time even though I didn't post here.

After two months I stumbled once againg with this question (and a lot of study on SC) and albeit this question from me is at least 650 level is so silly.

interst is singular (the subject of our sentence) so A and C are out.

Among B, D and E like is used only for examples so as is corret, it is used to compare clauses: interest did something as before

B wins. It must be B

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05 Nov 2013, 05:58
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thevenus wrote:
Even i agree with kissthegmat,but this questions has been controversial so far in every topic/post (B Vs C).
I request e-gmat instructors to chime in and throw some light on this question.Please guide.

I picked it wrong at first time even though I didn't post here.

After two months I stumbled once againg with this question (and a lot of study on SC) and albeit this question from me is at least 650 level is so silly.

interst is singular (the subject of our sentence) so A and C are out.

Among B, D and E like is used only for examples so as is corret, it is used to compare clauses: interest did something as before

B wins. It must be B

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Got it in 30

I use the same method and I think it is the best. You can also amphizise on the "like" that is not correct here!

Hope it helps!
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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.

In this sentence that modifies factors so verb of THAT should be Keep instead of Keeps. - This makes A and C out
Like is always followed by noun and as is followed by a phrase, when presenting a comparison - A, D and E are out
So we are left with C, which is the correct answer.

(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 Jan 2015, 08:35
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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

Let us discuss this....

let me try to explain why "b" is right.....

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

, albeit an important one,-- non essential modifier.....
lets leave it------

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

the highlighted portion is wrong..... essential modifier .." that keeps ....." -- should be" that keep...." for correct SV agreement.....

second part-----
, like it did earlier in the decade....... A clause cant follow "like" as " like" is a preposition comparing nouns.... instead use " as" ..... as it did earlier in the decade.

HENCE THE CORRECT ANS SHOULD BE ----

(B) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade.

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10 Aug 2015, 06:05
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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

Let us discuss this....

Hello mikemcgarry, can you please throw some light on usage of As and Like in B and E.

It is quite confusing. Thanks.

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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

Lets simply follow the grammar rules.
1/ one of Xs that KEEP
one of Xs KEEPS
So, A and C are out.

2/ "LIKE" must be followed by nouns, pron-s, and noun phrases.
''LIKE'' is never followed by a clause or a prepositional phrase.
So, D and E are out.

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