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７． 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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20 Feb 2014, 18:48
Why keep if a higher interest rate is singular?

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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.

keep vs keeps - factors is plural hence "keep"
like vs as - like is used to compare only nouns and not phrase containing verbs . hence "as"
"it" is a pronoun that refers to Housing Market

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22 Oct 2014, 16:57
dhanyamv88 has it covered. Nice work!
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26 Oct 2014, 23:58
DmitryFarber wrote:
dhanyamv88 has it covered. Nice work!

i selected b because "one of the" was used hence singular.

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27 Oct 2014, 00:34
B uses "keep," which is plural. This matches the subject "factors." A higher interest rate is one of the factors. Which factors? The factors that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control.
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28 Oct 2014, 00:00
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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.

keep vs keeps - factors is plural hence "keep"
like vs as - like is used to compare only nouns and not phrase containing verbs . hence "as"
"it" is a pronoun that refers to Housing Market

isn't "It" in the answer ambiguous ?

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It's fine to use "it" when there is more than one singular noun, as long as it's clear which one should be the antecedent. Here, "as it did" is following directly after a reference to the housing market spiraling out of control, so the intended meaning is clear.
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16 Aug 2017, 23:23
DmitryFarber wrote:
B uses "keep," which is plural. This matches the subject "factors." A higher interest rate is one of the factors. Which factors? The factors that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control.

Hi DmitryFarber,

Well your post is pretty old but I hope you can still clear my doubt. In the sentence "factors" comes in a prepositional phrase "of the factors", then how can it be the subject of the sentence?

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DmitryFarber wrote:
B uses "keep," which is plural. This matches the subject "factors." A higher interest rate is one of the factors. Which factors? The factors that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control.

Hi DmitryFarber,

Well your post is pretty old but I hope you can still clear my doubt. In the sentence "factors" comes in a prepositional phrase "of the factors", then how can it be the subject of the sentence?

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Hello Dkingdom,

IMO, 'that' modifies the noun just preceding it. So, in this case, the noun is 'factors' and hence 'keep' is used.

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To be clear, "factors" isn't the main subject of the sentence. The main subject-verb pair is "rate is," for a simple core of "A rate is one of the factors." However, the phrase beginning with "that keep" is modifying the noun "factors." When we ask "What keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control?" the answer is "factors."
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DmitryFarber wrote:
Dkingdom

To be clear, "factors" isn't the main subject of the sentence. The main subject-verb pair is "rate is," for a simple core of "A rate is one of the factors." However, the phrase beginning with "that keep" is modifying the noun "factors." When we ask "What keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control?" the answer is "factors."

Hi DmitryFarber

Thank you for the explanation. I was not able to isolate the main sub-verb pair.

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