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Ok, whether the answer is right or wrong in the answer key, I need an explanation please. This question is from the sticky of Brual SC questions

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
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12 Apr 2011, 22:30
If in fact the answer should be "B" why is not "C", please explain why "factors" is the subject not, the higher interest rate.
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13 Apr 2011, 05:33
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Ok, whether the answer is right or wrong in the answer key, I need an explanation please. This question is from the sticky of Brual SC questions

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

don't get confused by the subject Higher interest rate. Here "that keeps the housing market from spiralling out of control" provides more information about factors. therefore use plural verb keep.

rule is One of X(plural) that/who Verb (plural). However for One of X(plural) + verb (singular, usually "is")

We use like to compare nouns not verbs.
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