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In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 09:21
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In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia Temoscho is directing one of several clinical research projects that seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement the medical treatment of serious disease.

(A) seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement
(B) seek to determine how helpful psychological counseling is in supplementing
(C) seeks to determine how helpful psychological counseling is to supplement
(D) seeks to determine to what extent psychological counseling is a help in supplementing
(E) seeks to determine the extent that psychological counseling is helpful in supplementing

OA= B. Why do you not use "seeks"?
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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 22:10
Seek is for 'several clinical research projects' and not for 'Dr. Lydia Temoscho'.
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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 06:05
prab,
here is seek referring to "one of several clinical research projects" or "several clinical research projects" ??
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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 06:15
+1 for B.

Dissecting the sentence,

1) There are several clinical research projects that seek to do .....
2) Dr L.T. is directing one of these several projects.

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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 08:53
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In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia Temoscho is directing one of several clinical research projects that seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement the medical treatment of serious disease.

(A) seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement
(B) seek to determine how helpful psychological counseling is in supplementing
(C) seeks to determine how helpful psychological counseling is to supplement
(D) seeks to determine to what extent psychological counseling is a help in supplementing
(E) seeks to determine the extent that psychological counseling is helpful in supplementing

OA= B. Why do you not use "seeks"?


Indeed a tricky question :-) 'one of sevral clinical research project' tends to feel comfortable with 'seeks'

Wonder if there is anything else be pointed for errors such as 'in supplementing' vs 'to supplement' and 'to determine the extent' vs ' to determine how helpful psychological'.
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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 08:56
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Just posted on another thread discussing this topic.

In the above example, "one of several projects that SEEK"

Here PROJECTS is further described - and since PROJECTS is plural, you use SEEK.

BUT--if you wanted to talk about that one particular project, you would say:

"Only one of the several projects submitted was actually chosen."

Other examples:

"One of many teachers WHO WERE"

Teachers is plural so you use WERE.
"one of many teachers who were awesome"

On the other hand, if you didn't use the word WHO there, you could focus on the SINGULAR part by saying:

Only one of the 5 teachers was awesome.
or
Only 1 of the 5,000 people who applied was awarded a scholarship.


Based on the above, you should be able to immediately narrow down the answers to (A) and (B). From there, (B) just sounds more natural.

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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 20:31
Hey stringworm,

I got following information from Grail and hope this will clarify your doubt:

One of the 'Noun' (will always be plural) + that/who + Plural Verb



Seems a kindda idiom :-) One of the X Who/That Y

Anyways, reffer to Page# 48 of SC Grail 2nd edition for better understanding. Hope this helps !!
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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 20:49
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Hey stringworm,

I got following information from Grail and hope this will clarify your doubt:

One of the 'Noun' (will always be plural) + that/who + Plural Verb



Seems a kindda idiom :-) One of the X Who/That Y

Anyways, reffer to Page# 48 of SC Grail 2nd edition for better understanding. Hope this helps !!


Thanks heman2402,
I think i ll have to go thro Idioms part of grail :)
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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2011, 14:04
I really think either "seek" or "seeks" is allowed here, but (as suggested by heman2402) the issue is with "supplemented to." I think "how...to supplement" is unidiomatic. @GMAT Pill instructor- Well the singular "project" could also be what has been further carried out in description. I don't see anything wrong with one project used "to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement the medical treatment of serious disease."

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Re: advanced Subject/verb agreement [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2011, 14:11
I think it also works for "which" check it out from: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp

"Rule 14. Sometimes the pronoun who, that, or which is the subject of a verb in the middle of the sentence. The pronouns who, that, and which become singular or plural according to the noun directly in front of them. So, if that noun is singular, use a singular verb. If it is plural, use a plural verb.
Examples: Salma is the scientist who writes/write the reports.
The word in front of who is scientist, which is singular. Therefore, use the singular verb writes.
He is one of the men who does/do the work.
The word in front of who is men, which is plural. Therefore, use the plural verb do."

Which is consistent with the GMAT Pill instructor's help which is appreciated.
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Re: In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2011, 21:41
I picked C...but i see why B is correct. Thanks for the explanations.
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