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# 2 SC Qs: Intrest rate AND Emotions

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16 Nov 2006, 07:55
Hello friends! I'm a new entrant to GMATCLUB. I've been following this site for the last few days and found it of tremedous help. I've got a few sentences whose OA I do know but I'm not sure why is it so. I would appreciate if any of you can explain them. Thanks in advance. will post the OA later.

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

(A) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.
(B) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
(C) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
(D) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
(E) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade

Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal.

(A) were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
(B) was anger for repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
(C) were anger over repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin healing
(D) was anger about the issue, which was raised over and over, and preventing the wounds from earlier battles, still raw, to begin healing
(E) were anger about the issue, which was raised repeatedly, and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin to heal
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16 Nov 2006, 08:33
Answer is: C) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade

Interest rate is singular, so you need keeps instead of keep and you are comparing actions, spiraling out of control, so you need 'as' instead of 'like' ('like' is used to compare nouns)
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16 Nov 2006, 08:45
A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

(A) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.
(B) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
(C) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
(D) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
(E) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade
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Options with 'like' are out since we are comparing action and we need 'as' instead of 'like'. We need a plural verb 'keep' rather than 'keeps' to match it with plural noun 'factors' which is modified by 'that'.
One of X's that + plural verb

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Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal.

(A) were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
(B) was anger for repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
(C) were anger over repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin healing
(D) was anger about the issue, which was raised over and over, and preventing the wounds from earlier battles, still raw, to begin healing
D choice is crap..
(E) were anger about the issue, which was raised repeatedly, and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin to heal

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16 Nov 2006, 09:20

But I still have some doubts.
"one of the factors" points to a single factor i.e. "higher interest rate". So should it not be followed by a singular verb as in "Among the emotions" "anger" is just one emotion and so is followed by a singular verb "was"
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16 Nov 2006, 11:45
dips wrote:

But I still have some doubts.
"one of the factors" points to a single factor i.e. "higher interest rate". So should it not be followed by a singular verb as in "Among the emotions" "anger" is just one emotion and so is followed by a singular verb "was"

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A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

(A) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

(B) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade

Since THAT always modifies the nearest NOUN, it is modifying FACTORS which is plural and hence we need a plural verb KEEP to go with it. Had THAT modified INTEREST RATE it would have been okay to use a singular verb.
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17 Nov 2006, 03:08
Thanks a lot dwivedys for your nice explanation.
17 Nov 2006, 03:08
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