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Super tricky verb - please explain [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2004, 08:41
The hammer is one of the tools that (IS or ARE) indispensible?

Harry is one of the men who (IS or ARE) refusing to eat steak tonight.

Please explain why it should be is or are. I will post OA as well
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2004, 11:57
IS is appropriate for both the sentences..

The Hammer.....IS.....Indispensable.

Harry......IS refusing to eat.

Hammer and Harry ARE singular.
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tricky verb [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2004, 12:34
actually IS is NOT correct. I did some research and readon another forum as well. THe phrase "one of the" is an exception and leads to a plural formation. Hence ARE would be the correct verb.

Weird huh?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2004, 12:08
search for this on the forum.. i am sure you will find something..

I think a similar SC is in the OG. it goes.... With its..... ,Cleveland is one of the many communities... ...

Its somethin like that.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2004, 07:42
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
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2004, 19:34
The answer is 'ARE' in both the cases.

Reason :
1. In both the situation just remove the first portion of the sentence before that and fit some sensible (invisible subject into it). The most sensible subjects would be Tools in the sentence 1 and Men in sentence 2. Now try to fit in ur verb into those sentences. automatically you would fit well with 'ARE'

2. Lets try a De-Tour. When we say, hammer is one of the tools, we obviously mean that word tools is plural. the word 'that' just explains more about the word 'tools' obviously when the explantion is carried out, we need a plural verb format for a plural subject.

I am need some help on this Cleveland example as to why it has a singular verb. Thanks
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2004, 21:48
afife76 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
(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


C. What is the OA?
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