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The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, along with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned the middle income families hunt for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities.

(A) The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, along with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned

(B)The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle and for the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned

(C) The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs, tension- free lifestyle together with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town has turned

(D)The growing demands for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension-free lifestyle in addition to the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town is turning

(E)The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyles as well as the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town are turning
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18 Oct 2010, 22:31
Tough one. Took 2 mins to get to it. Going with C. Daagh, let me know the OA.

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The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, along with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned the middle income families hunt for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities.

(A) The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, along with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned ---> Needs to be a singular verb for the noun demand. X along with Y is going to the mall. the phrase "along with" does not conjugate the nouns.

(B)The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle and for the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned ---> awkward "for the inability".

©The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs, tension- free lifestyle together with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town has turned ----> the verb HAS is correct here as the phrase "together with" does not conjugate the nouns. Rest of it looks good. Going with this.

(D)The growing demands for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension-free lifestyle in addition to the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town is turning ---> Growing "demands" warrants a plural verb and not a singular "is". Should be "Growing demands.....are turning".

(E)The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyles as well as the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town are turning --> This is wrong as the phrase "as well as" does not conjugate two nouns and therefore the use of "....are turning" should be "...is turning"... refer http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/sv_agr.htm (point no.3 in this).
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18 Oct 2010, 22:32
C. Because the letter C looks funky.

I originally answered D, not spotting Demands, but it's clearly wrong.

Still a tough question.

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18 Oct 2010, 22:45
Scheol, I caught that one too . But didn't notice it until I finished writing up the explanations.
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19 Oct 2010, 02:28
C it is. Good question. A nice trap for S-V agreement.
I would have preferred D but its wrong as it uses the word "demands" in place of "demand".
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19 Oct 2010, 03:35
The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, along with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned the middle income families hunt for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities.

The growing demand....along with the ability to pay high rentals..... has turned

The subject GROWING DEMAND should take a singular HAS TURNED

and there is only one option with this structure

SO IMO C -
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19 Oct 2010, 03:48
OA is C; Incidentally, the weird looking marker C is because of some problem in the system, which I do not know how to rectify.
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19 Oct 2010, 10:23
daagh wrote:
OA is C; Incidentally, the weird looking marker C is because of some problem in the system, which I do not know how to rectify.

C.
dont be allured by phrases inside the S and V.

I have repaired your C)
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23 Nov 2010, 17:10
I initially chose D by not looking at the "demands"....but now agree that C is correct..
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23 Nov 2010, 21:03
quick question: what does this sentence mean? "turned/turning" the middle income families hunt for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities ----> what is the hunt being turned into? is "turn" being used here like "impact" or "affect" in a weird way? the sentence seems incomplete. also i think it should be families' hunt in the original question ---> is the original question set up this way?
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24 Nov 2010, 11:03
The growing demand (the singular subject) of blah blah has turned (the singular verb) families (the object) to hunt( an infinitive ) for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities. The -to - in the infinitive is elliptical and understood
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25 Nov 2010, 12:06
Got this one wrong But very good question! thanks
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28 Aug 2011, 02:22
"the growing demain (for x,y and z) together with A has"

the above is the correct construction. C it is.
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06 Dec 2011, 23:03
+1 C

Only "and" makes that singular nouns require a plural verb.
Constructions such as "along with" cannot do that.
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07 Dec 2011, 01:50
Only C obey the rule of S-V agreement.
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The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, along with the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned the middle income families hunt for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities.

growing demand is the singular subject,
for ->preposition
Verb must agree with singular subject hence has

Generally
if we have a sentence like this
Jack and jill are friends - we have two subjects here and hence we have the plural verb "are"

but
In the statement above we have only one subject .-Hence "is"
I was confused seeign "and" but that is not going to affect the plural verb
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07 Feb 2012, 20:35
if we modify the sentence ,would this be correct?

The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, and the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned the middle income families hunt for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities.

Now we have conjugated the nouns and therefore plural verb "are"
is this correct?
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07 Feb 2012, 21:49
Good question intially selected D not recognising the SV agreement error .C is the answer .
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The growing demand for cheaper houses, unpolluted environs and tension- free lifestyle, and the inability to pay the high rentals in down–town have turned the middle income families hunt for mortgaged houses in the suburban communities.

Yes; perfect
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09 Feb 2012, 11:44
C

S-V agreement test, with the growing "demand" being the singular subject
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