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08 Sep 2007, 11:14
７． 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

I did fgure out the right answer but would like to have reasoning.
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08 Sep 2007, 11:21
b

factors that keep
like cannot start a clause.
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08 Sep 2007, 16:02
I go for C
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08 Sep 2007, 16:46
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７． 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

I did fgure out the right answer but would like to have reasoning.

B. ...factors....keep..., as...
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09 Sep 2007, 03:22
bmwhype2 wrote:
b

factors that keep
like cannot start a clause.

It might have been helpful if you had explained why not A.

This sentence is an example of a typical construction as indicated below -

X (Singular noun) is one of + plural noun + that + verb ---- What should the verb agree with? Singular noun which is the subject of the sentence or the plural noun (which is the object of preposition of)?

In this case it turns that B is correct - and the verb should agree with factors (plural) because FACTORS can perform the action indicated in the relative clause (beginning with THAT)
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09 Sep 2007, 10:00
dwivedys wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
b

factors that keep
like cannot start a clause.

It might have been helpful if you had explained why not A.

This sentence is an example of a typical construction as indicated below -

X (Singular noun) is one of + plural noun + that + verb ---- What should the verb agree with? Singular noun which is the subject of the sentence or the plural noun (which is the object of preposition of)?

In this case it turns that B is correct - and the verb should agree with factors (plural) because FACTORS can perform the action indicated in the relative clause (beginning with THAT)

good explanation, thanx!
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09 Sep 2007, 10:08
dwivedys wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
b

factors that keep
like cannot start a clause.

It might have been helpful if you had explained why not A.

This sentence is an example of a typical construction as indicated below -

X (Singular noun) is one of + plural noun + that + verb ---- What should the verb agree with? Singular noun which is the subject of the sentence or the plural noun (which is the object of preposition of)?

In this case it turns that B is correct - and the verb should agree with factors (plural) because FACTORS can perform the action indicated in the relative clause (beginning with THAT)

You say that "FACTORS can perform the action indicated in the relative clause" and not a higher interest rate. Then "as it did...." should be written "as they did...."
The last part of the sentence "as it did..." says that the answer should be "C".
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09 Sep 2007, 10:38
somethingbetter wrote:
７． 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

I did fgure out the right answer but would like to have reasoning.

Guys, this thing is clearly C.

Don't forget the use of "only"
If you say "only one of the factors that" + singular
If you say "one of the factors that" + plural
The word "only" makes the use of singular verb correct.
Between A and C, it is C

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http://gmat-grammar.blogspot.com/2007/0 ... f-one.html
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07 Apr 2008, 04:00
vituz wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
b

factors that keep
like cannot start a clause.

It might have been helpful if you had explained why not A.

This sentence is an example of a typical construction as indicated below -

X (Singular noun) is one of + plural noun + that + verb ---- What should the verb agree with? Singular noun which is the subject of the sentence or the plural noun (which is the object of preposition of)?

In this case it turns that B is correct - and the verb should agree with factors (plural) because FACTORS can perform the action indicated in the relative clause (beginning with THAT)

You say that "FACTORS can perform the action indicated in the relative clause" and not a higher interest rate. Then "as it did...." should be written "as they did...."
The last part of the sentence "as it did..." says that the answer should be "C".

I know there many threads on this question..
Still, could anyone, please, explain in case B is correct answer what the second part of the question is supposed to mean and how it is connected with the first part of the sentence:

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade.
It just does not make much sense to me...

Everybody is welcome to comment
Thank you
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07 Apr 2008, 13:16
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as it did earlier in the decade.

just means that the market spiralled out of control earlier in the decade. (this is a modifier clause on the market)
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07 Apr 2008, 21:55
buffdaddy wrote:
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as it did earlier in the decade.

just means that the market spiralled out of control earlier in the decade. (this is a modifier clause on the market)

Oh, yeah..
Thank you..
dummy I am. I guess I was just tired when reading the question
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