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06 Jun 2011, 05:44
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A higher education loan rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the education market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

a) that keeps the education market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.
b) that keep the education market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
c) that keeps the education market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
d) that keep the education market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
e) that keep the education market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade

one of the factors that keeps; because "keeps" modifies "one", which is singular.
Statements B,D,E out.

Between A and C,
"as" is preferred over "like" for such statements.

like is used when we are showing a similarity between two different objects is mostly used for comparison of phrases.
as is used mostly as a comparator for verb. Here, the verb is the same "keeps the education market from spiraling out of control" at two different times.

Also,
"as" is preferred for comparing two clauses.

Here,
1. rate that keeps
2. it did earlier.
Two clauses with subject and verb.
As is preferred.

Ans: "C"
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06 Jun 2011, 07:08
I will go with C.Is it 700 level question
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06 Jun 2011, 17:33
Yes, with SV agreement B, D and E is out. Between A and C, I totally agree with Fluke! As prefers over like for comparing clauses.
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06 Jun 2011, 20:56

"Like" is used to compare nouns only.

Between option (B) and (C), you need the verb "keeps" because the subject "loan rate" is singular

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07 Jun 2011, 06:09
Here I think that the phrase "that keeps the education market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade." defines all factors, and not only the "loan rate:. Thus, keep is appropriate form here. B for me. What's the official answer?
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07 Jun 2011, 09:49
IMO B

The verb keep is connected to the plural - factorS.
When you have the form of "one of the" + plural - it should be followed with a plural verb.

the "It" in the second part of the sentence refers to the singular educational market.
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08 Jun 2011, 14:56
C looks the best of the lot...but for me -- there is some pronoun ambiguity with the "it" in the answer choices...Are we sure what the "it" is actually referring to? Is it "that the education market spiraled out of control a decade earlier" or "is it referring to the higher loan rate preventing the education market from spiraling out of control a decade earlier"....
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14 Jun 2011, 13:58
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A higher interest rate is only one of the factors that keep (main subj=rate, main verb=is. THEN "one of the factors that keep" is a subordinate clause - the "that" indicates a noun modifier, so it refers to the noun right before it - "factors")

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14 Jun 2011, 14:12
+1 B

Factors is plural, and "that" is modifyng factors. A and C out.
"Like" doesn´t accept clauses. E out.
"..., like earlier in the decade" is an ilogical comparison.
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14 Jun 2011, 15:42
Loved it...Went with C....But then saw Stacey's explanation, Bingo!!!
Correct ans. is B
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14 Jun 2011, 15:50
B, but at first picked C... good explanation of stacy did make sence
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22 Jun 2011, 02:19
same here picked C ? It is B - Good
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22 Jun 2011, 05:03
fluke wrote:
arryputtar wrote:

A higher education loan rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the education market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

a) that keeps the education market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.
b) that keep the education market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
c) that keeps the education market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
d) that keep the education market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
e) that keep the education market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade

one of the factors that keeps; because "keeps" modifies "one", which is singular.
Statements B,D,E out.

Between A and C,
"as" is preferred over "like" for such statements.

like is used when we are showing a similarity between two different objects is mostly used for comparison of phrases.
as is used mostly as a comparator for verb. Here, the verb is the same "keeps the education market from spiraling out of control" at two different times.

Also,
"as" is preferred for comparing two clauses.

Here,
1. rate that keeps
2. it did earlier.
Two clauses with subject and verb.
As is preferred.

Ans: "C"

one of the ...........+ who/that .... plural verb------------- rule
only B stands. as vs like . As wins
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