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# A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an

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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
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

OA is B, but my choice is C. Please, could someone explain? Thx.
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08 Sep 2007, 07:01
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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
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

OA is B, but my choice is C. Please, could someone explain? Thx.

Here that modifies factors (the word after which it stands). That can also modify a subject.
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08 Sep 2007, 09:00
shouldn't it be "keeps" rather than "keep" ?

we are talking about "a higher interest rate" (singular) which is one of the fators.
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08 Sep 2007, 09:03
and does "as it did..." refer to the "factors" then? If yes, why singular "it" refers to plural "factors"...?
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16 Sep 2007, 22:41
vituz wrote:
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

OA is B, but my choice is C. Please, could someone explain? Thx.

Ans C.

Subject is a higher interest rate not factors

When trying to find the appropriate subject-verb agreement, you can often elimate anything after "of"

In this case, "A higher interest rate is only one of the factors"

elminate of the factors and it becomes clear what tense should be used.

The exception to this is the use of the pronouns Some All None Most Any.

Only when using these pronouns do u disregard the "of" rule.

Some of the cats are in the garage.

Some of the cat litter is in the garage. Here you use what is after the "of".

(Basically taking this from memory from the MGMAT SC)

B is also correct because it correctly uses "as" instead of like.

Like is used to compare nouns. here we are comparing time periods where the housing market is spiraling out of control.

As is used to compare clauses (i.e. anything w/ a verb)

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17 Sep 2007, 03:13
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vituz wrote:
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

OA is B, but my choice is C. Please, could someone explain? Thx.

C........

I don't see how it can be ans B. If the interest rate is singular should it not be "keeps".

I have tried removing the "factors" bit and it stil sounds wrong.

The only other thing i can think of is that after "one of" + Noun + Plural verb

its in Sahils grammar notes4) One of the: The pattern to remember is ‘one of the NOUN (this noun will always be plural) + that/who + PLURAL VERB
Example : He is one of the persons who make money.
This is one of the cars that run on hydrogen
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17 Sep 2007, 14:19
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
vituz wrote:
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

OA is B, but my choice is C. Please, could someone explain? Thx.

Ans B.

Subject is a higher interest rate not factors

When trying to find the appropriate subject-verb agreement, you can often elimate anything after "of"

In this case, "A higher interest rate is only one of the factors"

elminate of the factors and it becomes clear what tense should be used.

The exception to this is the use of the pronouns Some All None Most Any.

Only when using these pronouns do u disregard the "of" rule.

Some of the cats are in the garage.

Some of the cat litter is in the garage. Here you use what is after the "of".

(Basically taking this from memory from the MGMAT SC)

B is also correct because it correctly uses "as" instead of like.

Like is used to compare nouns. here we are comparing time periods where the housing market is spiraling out of control.

As is used to compare clauses (i.e. anything w/ a verb)

Looking back at this I think I meant to pick C instead of B. If you read my post then according to it, answer should be C. Keeps is needed for the singular "higher interest rate."

How is the OA B? what is the source?
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17 Sep 2007, 14:27
vituz wrote:
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

OA is B, but my choice is C. Please, could someone explain? Thx.

I vote for B

From my notes

The pattern to remember is ‘one of the NOUN (this noun will always be plural) + that/who + PLURAL VERB
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18 Sep 2007, 11:57
Sachu is correct

one of the PLURAL NOUN + that/who... PLURAL VERB....

so, for this question....
one of the factors that KEEP...

then you can eliminate A and C,

you use "as" when you compare clauses
you use "like" when you compare nouns

therefore, "as" is the correct idiom.
18 Sep 2007, 11:57
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