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With a new park, stadium, and entertainment complex along the Delaware River, Trenton, New Jersey, is but one of a large number of communities that is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

A) is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract
B) is looking at using its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
C) are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
D) are looking to use its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
E) are looking at using their waterfronts as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attract.
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02 Feb 2010, 00:20
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A) is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract

"is" refers to "a large number of communities", which is plural
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B) is looking at using its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract

same here. here is classical 2:3 split. (A) and (B) are out
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C) are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract

Correct.
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D) are looking to use its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting

"its" refers to "a large number of communities", which is plural
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E) are looking at using their waterfronts as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attract.

"a way of improving.....and attract" - non-parallel
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02 Feb 2010, 18:00
Im going with A. to improve and attract and "one" means it is singular
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02 Feb 2010, 23:33
Well I think whole clause "that are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses" modifies "a number of communities", not Trenton, New Jersey.
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03 Feb 2010, 08:47
I feel that ONE is the subject, and every from "of" and on is just a modifier, making it singular. Does anyone have the OA and OE?

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03 Feb 2010, 10:52
It should be A. Trenton is looking to use. whats the OA?
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: is but one of a large number of communities that is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

that refers to the immediate noun before it.Here it is a plural.Hence are is correct usage.

IMO C.

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that refers to the immediate noun before it.Here it is a plural.Hence are is correct usage.

IMO C.

I agree. Consider this simpler example:
Jack is but one of the talent show performers that are planning to rehearse here tonight.

Following noun modifier rules, if only Jack plans to rehearse, we'd have to move the modifier closer to him:
Jack, who is planning to rehearse here tonight, is but one of the talent show performers.

Even if you ignore the is/are verb split, you should still arrive at the answer C. Some of these have been mentioned above, but not the wordiness issue found in A, D, E.

A) is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract
Wordiness

B) is looking at using its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
Idiom ("looking to use X" is prefered)

C) are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
CORRECT

D) are looking to use its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
mismatch of are/its
Wordiness

E) are looking at using their waterfronts as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attract.
Idiom ("looking to use X" is prefered)
Wordiness
Lack of Parallelism
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It should be A. Trenton is looking to use. whats the OA?

If a sentence contains ‘One of the A Noun (which will always be plural)’ and is followed ‘that’ or ‘who’, then the verb that follows immediately should be in plural form.
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11 Feb 2013, 02:54
esledge wrote:
amit2k9 wrote:
that refers to the immediate noun before it.Here it is a plural.Hence are is correct usage.

IMO C.

I agree. Consider this simpler example:
Jack is but one of the talent show performers that are planning to rehearse here tonight.

Following noun modifier rules, if only Jack plans to rehearse, we'd have to move the modifier closer to him:
Jack, who is planning to rehearse here tonight, is but one of the talent show performers.

Even if you ignore the is/are verb split, you should still arrive at the answer C. Some of these have been mentioned above, but not the wordiness issue found in A, D, E.

A) is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract
Wordiness

B) is looking at using its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
Idiom ("looking to use X" is prefered)

C) are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
CORRECT

D) are looking to use its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
mismatch of are/its
Wordiness

E) are looking at using their waterfronts as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attract.
Idiom ("looking to use X" is prefered)
Wordiness
Lack of Parallelism

What is the significance of putting 'but' in Jack is but one of the talent show performers that are planning to rehearse here tonight..
How does the meaning change if 'but' is omitted.---> Jack is one of the talent show performers that are planning to rehearse here tonight.

Also, is this correct? Jack is one of the talent show performers who are planning to rehearse here tonight.
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What is the significance of putting 'but' in Jack is but one of the talent show performers that are planning to rehearse here tonight..
How does the meaning change if 'but' is omitted.---> Jack is one of the talent show performers that are planning to rehearse here tonight.

Also, is this correct? Jack is one of the talent show performers who are planning to rehearse here tonight.

Hi saxenaashi,

The usage of "but one" in your sentence expresses that Jack is the "only one" of the talent show performers who are planning ........

For example: There is but one God. <-- Means that there is "just one" god or there is "only one" god

If we drop the "but" in your sentence then it would express that apart from Jack there could be other performers who are planning......

By the way using "that" would be less preferable in GMAT prefers the usage of who for humans. So the correct sentence would be " .. one of the performers who..."

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Also, is this correct? Jack is one of the talent show performers who are planning to rehearse here tonight.
--> Yes this is correct the relative clause "who are performing...." is modifying the performers and Jack is one of them.

Hope that helps,

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13 Oct 2013, 22:35
Can communities have waterfronts? Shouldn't the pronoun 'its' modify the city?

I feel the answer should be D since, it correctly resolves the is/are issue and uses the pronoun "its" to indicate the waterfront of the town mentioned.

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amit2k9 wrote:
that refers to the immediate noun before it.Here it is a plural.Hence are is correct usage.

IMO C.

I agree. Consider this simpler example:
Jack is but one of the talent show performers that are planning to rehearse here tonight.

Following noun modifier rules, if only Jack plans to rehearse, we'd have to move the modifier closer to him:
Jack, who is planning to rehearse here tonight, is but one of the talent show performers.

Even if you ignore the is/are verb split, you should still arrive at the answer C. Some of these have been mentioned above, but not the wordiness issue found in A, D, E.

A) is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract
Wordiness

B) is looking at using its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
Idiom ("looking to use X" is prefered)

C) are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
CORRECT

D) are looking to use its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
mismatch of are/its
Wordiness

E) are looking at using their waterfronts as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attract.
Idiom ("looking to use X" is prefered)
Wordiness
Lack of Parallelism
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15 Mar 2014, 06:48
1) With a new park, stadium, and entertainment complex along the Delaware River, Trenton, New Jersey, is but one of a large number of communities that is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

A) is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract
B) is looking at using its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
C) are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
D) are looking to use its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
E) are looking at using their waterfronts as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attract.

With a new park, stadium, and entertainment complex along the Delaware River, Trenton, New Jersey, is but one of a large number of communities

that is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

that is a relative pronoun of “large number of communities”, hence there is Subject Verb Agreement.

Eliminating option A) and B)

Option D) has the “its” which should be talking about the communities’ waterfront. Hence should be plural – Eliminated.

Option E) The sentence talks about intent “to use” and “to improve” should be used.

Hence Option C)

2) Since 1975 so many people have been moving to Utah such that Mormons who were once 75 percent of the population are now only accounting for half of it.

A. so many people have been moving to Utah such that Mormons who were once 75 percent of the population are now only accounting for half of it
B. many people have been moving to Utah, so Mormons once 75 percent of the population are now accounting for only half
C. that many people have been moving to Utah, such that the Mormons that were once 75 percent of the population are now accounting for only half of it
D. many people have been moving to Utah such that the Mormons, who once represented 75 percent of the population, now only account for half
E. so many people have been moving to Utah that the Mormons, who once represented 75 percent of the population, now account for only half

Since 1975 so many people have been moving to Utah such
that Mormons who were once 75 percent of the population are now only accounting for half of it

I have a doubt about placement of “such” and “only” should modify half. Have been moving – present perfect continuous signifying that action started in the past still continuing in the present.

Option C) since 1975 that. that doesn’t make sense to replace 1975.

Option D) and Option B) removal of “so” decreases the degree of the people movement in the Utah.

Hence Option E)

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Hi Kinjal,

Regarding the use of "such", note that "such that" shouldn't follow "so". "So + that" is used to show the cause and effect relationship between two entities. The "so" part gives us the cause and the "that" part gives us the effect. E.g. This bag is so heavy that I can't carry it.

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Trenton, New Jersey, is but one of a large number of communities that are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

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With a new park, stadium, and entertainment complex along the Delaware River, Trenton, New Jersey, is but one of a large number of communities that is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

A) is looking to use its waterfront as a way for it to improve the quality of urban life and attract
B) is looking at using its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
C) are looking to use their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
D) are looking to use its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
E) are looking at using their waterfronts as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attract.

Let's look at some more POEs based on idiom and style in this example.
1. to look at and to look to
Look at means physically look at something. The moment our eyes are off it, we don't anymore 'look at' that. However - to look to - is something you start doing now and carry forward to future. Since in this context, NJ is looking forward to a prosperous future, - to look to - is the correct idiom. On this score alone, we can omit B and E.
2. It is easy to eliminate D both on faulty SV agreement and parallelism as many have pointed out.

3. Between A and C, obviously, it is clear that NJ is not the only one state that is wanting to use its natural resources to bolster its economy. There are several others. So logically the plural verb -are - is a more appropriate choice. Additionally "as a way to improve" is a redundant way of saying 'to improve'. Hence A is out and C wins.
4. I do not think that the word 'but' is a decisive one in this context largely because it is not underlined and is common to all the choices.
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