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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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05 Sep 2009, 07:23
" A higher interest rate" is singular so options with "keep"(b,d,e are out) are out.
I l go with c.
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05 Sep 2009, 08:00
It should be C..

only one factor , an important and use of it ..all indicate that subject is singular..
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05 Sep 2009, 21:22
i believe that is modifying "factors" so -> keep.

It is close between B and C.
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08 Sep 2009, 21:18
OUCH!OA is B
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"one of" + plural noun (in this case factors) is plural. that's rule.
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10 Sep 2009, 09:23
OA is "B"...but can somebody exaplain why not C
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10 Sep 2009, 10:02
Please search for "fnct-of-that" in the SC section
Its explained there..
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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

rule: one of the NOUN who/that PLURAL-VERB
---> A, C out

rule: "as" is used for clauses and "like" for nouns/noun phrases
---> E out

can someone please explain why B is correct over D?
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24 Aug 2010, 06:42
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can someone please explain why B is correct over D?

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that the comparison "like" should be paired with a noun/pronoun, whereas the comparison "as" can be used with OR without a noun/pronoun. Since, in answer choice D, "like" is NOT paired with noun or pronoun, B is the correct answer.
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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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In this we have to concentrate on two things , first is the SVA and second is action.

SVA:- Here question talks about <one of the factors>, so A and C options are out.
Now we are left with options B, C, D. Now we have to see if we need to use As or Like, In case of example we use As , so we are left with B .

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24 Aug 2010, 07:03
I think "that" refers to factors (all the stuff making spiral...) whereas "it" refer to one of factor => B, D, E
Further more, like/as signals parallel structure so it should not be D. we cannot use clause after like => B
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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....

that keeps the ..... is modifying the "factors" not "one of the factors" so it should be plural form of the verb.. so KEEP is correct.

we use as to compare phrases and like to compare nouns
here we are comparing two phrases so it should be "as'

so clearly B
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It should be C IMO.

Follow the following rules in sentences that contain the phrase one of…..

1. In simple form one of or one of the, a singular verb is used.

e.g – One of the books is missing from my cupboard.

2. In sentences that contain phrases one of those who or one of the things that, a plural verb is used.

e.g – He is one of our employees who are always alert.

3. When only precedes one of /one of those, a singular verb is used. (Do not mix this rule with the 2nd rule stated above)

e.g – Ram is the only one of our employees who is always alert.
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25 Aug 2010, 04:42
I also went with C.
BTW, nice explanation by kissthegmat, But I need to assure myself of the rules...
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25 Aug 2010, 06:49
I chose C. Please if some one can guide. Thanks.
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Not sure if any thread that talks on the tested grammer here in gmatclub, but there is certainly one in the below site. Might be useful...

http://www.urch.com/forums/faqs/3978-gm ... bakes.html

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09 Sep 2010, 08:29
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.

Lets start by identifying wheather the subject is singular or plural.

A [strike]higher[/strike] (Adjective) [strike]interest[/strike] (Adjective) rate (Subject ) is (Verb) [strike]only one[/strike] (Modifier) [strike]of the factors[/strike](Prepositional Phrase)

That in the second clause refers to the subject in the main clause and is singular. Hence keeps agrees with singular subject.

Hence "C"
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11 Sep 2010, 00:06
could anyone clarify correct ans B or C ?

one of the plural noun --> take plural verb.
only one of the plural noun ---> take singular verb .

so i chose C .
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