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Biologists believe that they have found one of the substances that tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain quiescent in the earliest phases of an embryo's development.

(A) tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain
(B) tell individual genes both at which time they should become active or should remain
(C) tells individual genes both when to become active or remain
(D) tells individual genes both when to become active or when to remain
(E) will tell an individual gene both about when it should become active and remain
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01 Jul 2003, 03:34
A??

explanation: substances is plural therefore verb should be "plural", tell.
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01 Jul 2003, 03:58
The trick is that only A correctly uses an idiom "both-and". Even so, your answer is OK.
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07 Jul 2003, 04:35
"tell" is okay in this sentence is because the phrase "that tell individual genes ..." describes both substances.
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07 Jul 2003, 04:56
AkamaiBrah wrote:
"tell" is okay in this sentence is because the phrase "that tell individual genes ..." describes both substances.

questionable.... it is still questionable...

one of the substances that tell/tells --- difficult to distinguish one from the other.
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07 Jul 2003, 05:20
I disagree.

I stood under one of the many clocks that adorn the city of London.
I shot one of the pigeons that infest the corners of my barn.
I am one of the instructors who love to give a lot of homework.
Aids is just one of the many diseases that cause premature death.
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07 Jul 2003, 05:24
Absolutely A.
I strongly agree with Stolyar.
That tells is correct is still in doubt.
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07 Jul 2003, 06:09
AkamaiBrah wrote:
I disagree.

I stood under one of the many clocks that adorn the city of London.
I shot one of the pigeons that infest the corners of my barn.
I am one of the instructors who love to give a lot of homework.
Aids is just one of the many diseases that cause premature death.

I have to agree:
a pronoun must modify the CLOSEST word
so, all your examples are accepted as right
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19 Oct 2007, 11:25
stolyar wrote:
Biologists believe that they have found one of the substances that tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain quiescent in the earliest phases of an embryo's development.

(A) tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain
(B) tell individual genes both at which time they should become active or should remain
(C) tells individual genes both when to become active or remain
(D) tells individual genes both when to become active or when to remain
(E) will tell an individual gene both about when it should become active and remain

Doubt with Sub-Verb agreement

Will One of the Substances -- needs singular verb or plural verb ??

experts -ur comments welcome
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19 Oct 2007, 11:44
would go with D. because "One of" the substances require singular verb "tells" and both x and Y - x and y should be parallel.

Its simple - did scientist find more than one substance that does the action or did they find "One Substance"

If they found more than one then plural verb which is not the case.

"One of" will usually require a singular verb after. Unless there is a intruder, splitting the independent clause such as "that" then the verb can be either singular/plural.

From notes collected from Gmat club:

One of the: The pattern to remember is ‘one of the NOUN (this noun will always be plural) + that/who + PLURAL VERB

Over looked the word "That" - answer is A

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19 Oct 2007, 11:47
Ozmba2006 wrote:
stolyar wrote:
Biologists believe that they have found one of the substances that tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain quiescent in the earliest phases of an embryo's development.

(A) tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain
(B) tell individual genes both at which time they should become active or should remain
(C) tells individual genes both when to become active or remain
(D) tells individual genes both when to become active or when to remain
(E) will tell an individual gene both about when it should become active and remain

Doubt with Sub-Verb agreement

Will One of the Substances -- needs singular verb or plural verb ??

experts -ur comments welcome

They have explained above. Notice the pronoun that?

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I have to agree:
a pronoun must modify the CLOSEST word
so, all your examples are accepted as right
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19 Oct 2007, 12:30
any time there is a phrase that starts with ....."one of the ...." the verb has to be plural.
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19 Oct 2007, 12:58
Cooper2248817 wrote:
any time there is a phrase that starts with ....."one of the ...." the verb has to be plural.

This is not necessarily true.

One of the boxes is open.

It depends on the sentence. For the current discussion the relative pronoun that modifies substances, hence the verb is plural.
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19 Oct 2007, 13:02
Cooper2248817 wrote:
any time there is a phrase that starts with ....."one of the ...." the verb has to be plural.

Not always the case......

One of the students believe/believes that math is boring..

Here only One believes that math is boring.

its "believes" - singular...

Another example:

He is one of the students who believe that math is boring...

In this case there are many students who believe math is boring and
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19 Oct 2007, 13:49
A. one of the substances that tell

there are lots of substances that tell ... and they found only one of them.[/b]
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22 Oct 2007, 14:36
stolyar wrote:
Biologists believe that they have found one of the substances that tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain quiescent in the earliest phases of an embryo's development.

(A) tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain
(B) tell individual genes both at which time they should become active or should remain
(C) tells individual genes both when to become active or remain
(D) tells individual genes both when to become active or when to remain
(E) will tell an individual gene both about when it should become active and remain

two things are required here:

1) one of the + nouns + that + plural verb

2) both...and....
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