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+1 for C.
My doubt is that if "one of the factors" is considered plural how do we get "it" in the final clause which says "like it did earlier in the decade)..

Can someone explain this?

Yeah, good question here and it is a bit tricky. First of all, let me clarify that on this question "one of the factors" is not considered plural. It's both singular and plural at the same time! If we are talking about the "one", which is the higher interest rate, it is singular and we use the pronoun "it" to refer back to the interest rate. The "factors" are plural so if we are discussing the factors we would use a plural form of the verb - "keep".

Let me see if I can help you see the proper number by stripping the sentence down and rearranging it a bit:
"One of the factors that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control is a higher interest rate."

You can see from the sentence above that the core of the sentence is "One is a higher interest rate" - "one" is singular and takes a singular verb. The other parts of the sentence are modifiers - first, "of the factors" modifies "one" and second, "that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control" modifies "the factors. Here you can see that factors is plural and the associated modifying phrase is also plural.

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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) keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
B) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
C) keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
D) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like
E) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

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The original sentence states that "a higher interest rate is only one of the
factors...that keeps..." The clause "that keeps thehousing market from
spiraling out of control" is describing the word "factors." Since "factors" is plural
noun and "keeps" agrees with singular nouns, we need to find a sentence that
replaces "keeps" with "keep". Also, "like it did earlier in the decade" is
incorrect. When comparing clauses (i.e., a phrase c ontaining a subject and
a verb), we must use "as" instead of "like." For example, "She sings like her
mother" and "She sings as her mother does" are bothcorrect, but "She sings
like her mother does" is not.
• (A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) CORRECT. This choice remedies the verb agreement issue byusing the
singular "keep." It also correctly changes the comparison word from "like" to
"as."
(C) This subject-verb issue with "keeps" remains.
(D) The subject-verb issue is remedied, however, the comparison is a faulty
one. "Like" is used to compare two nouns and here the second part of the
comparison is "earlier in the decade." The phrase "it did" is needed here to
logically complete the comparison, in which case, "as" must be used to draw
the comparison.
(E) The subject-verb issue is remedied, however, the word "as" should be

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01 Jan 2014, 11:57
"one of the factors" - dont we need singular here... keeps.....

e.g.
One of the factors for XXX .. is good.
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"one of the factors" - dont we need singular here... keeps.....

e.g.
One of the factors for XXX .. is good.

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.

'That' is the relative pronoun, the antecedent of which is factors.
So, the sentence reads, 'factors' keep the housing market from ...

Has to be singular.

Meaning-wise too, There are many factors that keep the housing market from spiraling ... and one of them is higher interest rate is proper.
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sridhar wrote:
+1 for C.
My doubt is that if "one of the factors" is considered plural how do we get "it" in the final clause which says "like it did earlier in the decade)..

Can someone explain this?

Yeah, good question here and it is a bit tricky. First of all, let me clarify that on this question "one of the factors" is not considered plural. It's both singular and plural at the same time! If we are talking about the "one", which is the higher interest rate, it is singular and we use the pronoun "it" to refer back to the interest rate. The "factors" are plural so if we are discussing the factors we would use a plural form of the verb - "keep".

Let me see if I can help you see the proper number by stripping the sentence down and rearranging it a bit:
"One of the factors that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control is a higher interest rate."

You can see from the sentence above that the core of the sentence is "One is a higher interest rate" - "one" is singular and takes a singular verb. The other parts of the sentence are modifiers - first, "of the factors" modifies "one" and second, "that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control" modifies "the factors. Here you can see that factors is plural and the associated modifying phrase is also plural.

I hope that helps

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I think you meant to write "Keep" in the example above

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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.

To avoid confusion, see the sentence this way,
It should be ...".....factors,.....,that keep.......)

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"one of the factors" is the Quantitty issue, which is according to Manhattan SC should be considered as SANAM list of quantitative pronouns. It means that we should consider middleman, i.e. "factors" to find the verb

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out of B and C, I choose C, because..... 'that' and 'it' are referring to the same thing in the sentence. If you choose B, you cannot use 'It', "that keep as it did" is not right.

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Can anyone please confirm the OA here ?

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Can anyone please confirm the OA here ?

As already mentioned above, OA is B.

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I think the answer should be B.
What keeps the market from spiralling out is the A high Interest Rate
So it should be keeps....

Tell me where I am wrong ....

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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) keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.
b) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
c) keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
d) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
e) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade

Let us discuss this....

1) one of many - >plural, requires plural verb form of keep ie keep.
2) like/as...we are citing examples so as is needed

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I think the answer should be B.
What keeps the market from spiralling out is the A high Interest Rate
So it should be keeps....

Tell me where I am wrong ....

The subject for the verb "keep" / "keeps" is "that", and "that" refers to the noun "factors" - hence "that" is plural and so the verb should also be plural, i.e. "keep".

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