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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

Should the verb form be singular or plural here ? Cleveland, is but one of ... indicates it is singular.. Am I right ?
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24 Jun 2007, 05:32
E is the correct answer. Sentence has a transition from the singular, Cleveland, to the plural communities. "are looking at their" is correct.
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24 Jun 2007, 09:18
Amit05 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

Should the verb form be singular or plural here ? Cleveland, is but one of ... indicates it is singular.. Am I right ?

It is plural, since 'that' refers to a large number of communities. I am still undecided between (C) and (E). I chooce (C) since it is shorter! Cheers
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26 Jun 2007, 09:44
catgmat wrote:
Amit05 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

Should the verb form be singular or plural here ? Cleveland, is but one of ... indicates it is singular.. Am I right ?

It is plural, since 'that' refers to a large number of communities. I am still undecided between (C) and (E). I chooce (C) since it is shorter! Cheers

The OA is C.

CATGMAT could you please explain what difference 'that' makes here..
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28 Jun 2007, 12:04
Amit05 wrote:
catgmat wrote:
Amit05 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

Should the verb form be singular or plural here ? Cleveland, is but one of ... indicates it is singular.. Am I right ?

It is plural, since 'that' refers to a large number of communities. I am still undecided between (C) and (E). I chooce (C) since it is shorter! Cheers

The OA is C.

CATGMAT could you please explain what difference 'that' makes here..

One of the + plural noun + that/who + plural verb
He is one of the guys who hate baseball.
This is one of the cars that run on corn fuel.

That modifies communities and it starts a restrictive clause.
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28 Jun 2007, 17:41
'are looking to their...'

That term is... weird.

Can someone give another example of 'looking to'?
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28 Jun 2007, 18:33
Amit05 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

Should the verb form be singular or plural here ? Cleveland, is but one of ... indicates it is singular.. Am I right ?

I do believe that C is wrong. "looking to" is not really a right usage. Also, looking to their waterfronts to improve sounds awkward. I think it should be E for two reasons

1) it used "looking at"
2) it correctly implies what the author means. looking at .... as a way...
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30 Jun 2007, 01:08
shoonya wrote:
Amit05 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

Should the verb form be singular or plural here ? Cleveland, is but one of ... indicates it is singular.. Am I right ?

I do believe that C is wrong. "looking to" is not really a right usage. Also, looking to their waterfronts to improve sounds awkward. I think it should be E for two reasons

1) it used "looking at"
2) it correctly implies what the author means. looking at .... as a way...

"Looking to" is not incorrect. It is used to highlight the probable cause of occurance like " Looking forward to climb that mountain" or looking to take that up" (Ref : WordWeb Online dictionary) and (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/looking)..This should remove any doubt of the usage of "looking to"

Here, communities are looking to the waterfronts to improve....."

The reason E is wrong is because of incorrect pronoun reference "they".. What it refers to ? the communities or waterfronts ?

I hope this helps..
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