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27 Dec 2007, 22:31
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With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract

(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract

(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract

(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting

(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

Pls Explain.
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27 Dec 2007, 22:35
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C, please refer to the expl below.

Last edited by IrinaOK on 27 Dec 2007, 23:41, edited 1 time in total.
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27 Dec 2007, 23:30
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract

C is my pick.
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27 Dec 2007, 23:33
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract

agree with below one
IrinaOK wrote:
We use 'look to NOUN to....' where noun is means to do something.
F.e:
Retailers look to gift cards to boost sales----> correct
Retailers look at gift cards to boost sales-----> incorrect

C is my pick.
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27 Dec 2007, 23:35
Agree, with one below..

change my mind to C, the Subject is COMMUNITIES, plural.

priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract

agree with below one
IrinaOK wrote:
We use 'look to NOUN to....' where noun is means to do something.
F.e:
Retailers look to gift cards to boost sales----> correct
Retailers look at gift cards to boost sales-----> incorrect

C is my pick.
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28 Dec 2007, 05:54
Skewed wrote:
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract

(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract-idiom- Looking to

(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract-Cleveland is singular
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting-Cleveland is singular

(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract-Cleveland is singular

Pls Explain.

Stay with A
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28 Dec 2007, 06:57
I also pick C for the same reasons
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28 Dec 2007, 07:02
C because of subject verb agreement and looking to
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28 Dec 2007, 08:55
Can anybody explain why we are using the subject in the "Of" construction. e.g. The actions of my friend (is/are) not very wise. The basic rule is to avoid subjects in the "of" construction except when dealing with certain indefinite pronouns...

The OA is C, but can't understand why its plural.

Thx.
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28 Dec 2007, 09:36
Skewed wrote:
Can anybody explain why we are using the subject in the "Of" construction. e.g. The actions of my friend (is/are) not very wise. The basic rule is to avoid subjects in the "of" construction except when dealing with certain indefinite pronouns...

The OA is C, but can't understand why its plural.

Thx.

that modifies 'a ..number of communities'

'a..number of communities' is plural....

On usage of 'of' I think there is a subtle difference between

Cleveland is but one - more than one
Eg:- Eventually, all but one of them promised to come to his leaving party.

Cleveland is one - is one and only
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17 Jun 2008, 10:42
I still think 'A' is correct...if not...pls explain...

With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

i understand wht u guys r talking about, but rn't v missing the start of the sentence 'With its plan', which is a has a singular pronoun reference, so wouldnt the subject of the sentence be 'Cleveland'...and not the communites.
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18 Jun 2008, 11:00
Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking .....

The first thing we need to be sure it that what is the rel. pronoun THAT trying to connect to rest of the sentence.
For example:
Apple is a one of the fruits that is good for health.
Apple is a one of the fruits that are good for health.

I think both the above could be correct ( Open to Discussion )
Since, it really depends on what is THAT trying to connect to next clause.

That will mean that if we find reasons enough to eliminate A and B, the sentence is connecting Communities.
A : Out as it introduces additional words "as a way".
B: Looking at - not idiomatic.

So the sentence is obviously connecting communities. And C is best among C/D/E.

sumanamba : why are you combining modifier of Cleveland with rest
of the sentence.
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland ....

"With .... shore land" is just modifying the Cleveland, and it doesn't mean its should be followed in the rest of the sentence also.

And yes a good Q (+1) but could I know the source ????
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