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

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10 Jan 2017, 21:32
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

Here SV agreement and comparison is at issue.
1)factors is plural so we need a plural verb after that so keep is correct
2) as vs like is at issue (Comparison issue)
As is used to compare caluse wheras like is used to compare noun
with that in our mind let's go to the answer choices

a) Incorrectthat keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade. SV agreement error. Like is incorrectly used to compare clause.
b) Correctthat keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade NO error SV agrees in numer. As is correctly used to compare clause.
c) Incorrectthat keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
SV agreement error
d)Incorrect that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
Comparison error. earlier in decade is compared with higher interest rate. A rate must be compared with another rate
e)Incorrect that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade[/quote]
Comparison error. Like is incorrectly used to compare clause

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Doesn't "that" refer to the nearest noun, In this case "one" in albeit an important one

Try reading the sentence by removing the phrase " albeit an important one", you can find the actual meaning of the sentence. That must refer to the factors, hence we are using "keep".

As per the meaning of the sentence, Higher interest rate keeps the market from spiraling.

Tip: In such sentences, try to remove the phrases between the two commas and then check the overall structure. If it makes sense, it is correct. Else you are missing something.
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08 May 2017, 06:51
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 (Factors are plural. Therefore usage of keeps is wrong)
B) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did (Correct)
C) keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did (Same as A)
D) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like (Like is used for comparing nouns not clauses)
E) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did (Same as D)

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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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30 Aug 2017, 01:31
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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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28 Sep 2017, 00:43
I thought the higher interest rate is the subject here. Can someone explain why 'higher interest rate' is not considered as subject ?
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28 Sep 2017, 07:27
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I thought the higher interest rate is the subject here. Can someone explain why 'higher interest rate' is not considered as subject ?

Lets look at this sentence in this way

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

so now we need to ask the question what does 'that' refer to?

'That' will only refer to its nearest noun, which in this case will be factors. Hence the subject is factors and not 'A higher interest rate'
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