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09 Dec 2008, 06:27
One of every two new businesses fail within two years.
(A) fail
(B) fails
(C) should fail
(D) may have failed
(E) has failed
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09 Dec 2008, 13:55
lgon wrote:
One of every two new businesses fail within two years.
(A) fail
(B) fails
(C) should fail
(D) may have failed
(E) has failed

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09 Dec 2008, 14:31
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09 Dec 2008, 17:31
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15 Dec 2008, 06:42
ritula wrote:
B

Thanks OA is B.
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19 Oct 2011, 12:33
Agree with B.
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http://gmatclub.com/forum/massive-collection-of-verbal-questions-sc-rc-and-cr-106195.html#p832142
http://gmatclub.com/forum/1001-ds-questions-file-106193.html#p832133
http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-critical-reasoning-collection-106783.html
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29 Oct 2011, 13:55
I have to agree with B here.
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01 Nov 2011, 00:46
B WINS. The verb should be singular because the subject is "One"
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02 Nov 2011, 00:28
IMO-B

"One" of every two business is singular & hence it should be "fails" and not "fail".
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02 Nov 2011, 16:49
+1 B
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03 Nov 2011, 16:32
B

question though... when would it be "has failed"? Only if the sentence started with something like "Since ..... one of every two has failed" ?
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07 Nov 2011, 12:03
One [strike]of every two new businesses[/strike] fails within two years.
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12 Nov 2011, 16:00
lgon wrote:
One of every two new businesses fail within two years.
(A) fail
(B) fails
(C) should fail
(D) may have failed
(E) has failed

So it would be like this:

"one out of 2 fail/fails"

One out of 2 FAILS - that's (B).

So pick (B) and move on.

Hope that helps.
Re: fail   [#permalink] 12 Nov 2011, 16:00
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