I wanted to share with you my compiled findings for a very specific issue and ask for help in completing my findings. The below sentence still bothers me toward the end of my SC journey, as I still don't fully comprehend the rule behind it. I have poked around and built my own little formula from bits and pieces around the forums, but I am still not at rest. Example from GMAT prep:
Fossils of a whale that beached on an African shore more than a million years ago and was subsequently butchered by hominids have been recovered by paleontologists.Let me color code it:Fossils
of a whale that beached
on an African shore more than a million years ago and was
subsequently butchered by hominids have
been recovered by paleontologists.Extracting:
FOSSILS... have been...
Whale that beached... and was butchered ...
Which leads me to the rule:
ONE OF "PLURAL" + that\who = "PLURAL"- or -
ONE OF "SINGULAR" + that/who = "SINGULAR"
This should be correct from all I have gathered, feel free to correct me.
A far more confusing example using "one of" - found also on this forum (I have shortened it as I can not find the full version, I believe it is from MGMAT):Example 2 with "one of":
One of the factors that keep
the team alive ...
... Factors that KEEP
.. this seems to be the correct agreement (although I saw heavy discussion on this topic).
To complete / add to this sentence, would my own addition be correct?One
of the factors that keep the team alive IS
- or - at this point, is "factors" the subject and we should be looking at plural?
One of the factors
that keep the team alive ARE
While I have my own thoughts, I was wondering if anyone had a concrete answer?
That 700.. I can taste it