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Noting that the Federal Reserve had raised a key short-term [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2010, 05:44
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Noting that the Federal Reserve had raised a key short-term interest rate again last month, analysts said that they expected orders for durable goods to decline soon because rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit

(A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit

I don't understand the official answer (B). I was sure there was a singular/plural problem (makeS)....

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Re: Singular/Plural [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2010, 06:03
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I am afraid your text has some vital typos; rising is repeated twice; you might have missed including some important words. Please goggle the text and confirm.

Obviously, you can not understand, if the text is wrong per se.
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Re: Singular/Plural [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2010, 02:17
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Noting that the Federal Reserve had raised a key short-term interest rate again last month, analysts said that they expected orders for durable goods to decline soon because rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit

(A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit

I don't understand the official answer (B). I was sure there was a singular/plural problem (makeS)....

Any help please ?


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A,C,E are out becaus eof the pronoun IT...while orders is plural...so the pronoun shall be them..

In D...a rise(Singular) in interest rates make (should be makes not make) buying on credit more expensive ..

In B ..rising interest rates (plural) make (plural) buying on credit more expensive ..perfect
hence only B is correct.
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Re: Singular/Plural [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2010, 13:03
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I agree with all the work people have done here. A quick note about singular/plural in this construction. Both of the following can be correct:

"Rising interest rates make borrowing more expensive."

"Rising interests rates makes borrowing more expensive."

The difference between the two is that in the first examples, we are talking about the various interest rates that are rising individually. In the second example, we're referring to the collective rising of interest rates.

Consider:

"The attitude of students in my class is generally negative." --> Here we're referring to the collective, overall attitude.
"The attitudes of students in my class are generally negative." --> Here we're referring to the attitudes individually, and we're saying that maybe 9 out of 11 are negative.

The difference between the students and interest rates example is that you can't make "Rising" plural...at least not in English.
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