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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

My logic:
ONE OF THE FACTORs is singular,as it points ot to just one of the many factors,hence verb associated with it should be singular,that is KEEPS. we come down to option A and C
Now, LIKE IT DID compared two things, and AS IT DID is implying some examples,Here we are comparing higher interest rate to to older interest rate of past decade,that means we are comparing two things,So I went with option A.

You take on this pls?

Oh by the way,option A is incorrect.



Look at "that" following factors. (You can ignore the phrase set off by commas "albeit an important one.")
"That" indicates an essential noun modifier, which means the clause following it is modifying the noun immediately preceding it - factors (again, ignore that phrase set off by the commas). So, "factors keep" is the correct subject-verb match here.
When you say "as it did" you are referring to some noun that did something. Earlier in the sentence, the "rate" didn't do anything - I can't say, "oh, earlier in the decade the rate did X." The "market" on the other hand was spiraling out of control earlier in the decade - I know what "it did." (by Stacy)


ONE OF THE FACTORs is [strike]singular[/strike] plural.
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One thing that has to be considered here is also the reference for the pronoun it which appears in four of the choices. Can it refer to markets? The choice D . without it, can not be right because, it seems to compare an earlier time with the current time, obviously out of scope and imprecise
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Agreed with Pkit.

The verb "keep" must agree with the factors (not with Interest Rate). Read the sentence like this :
The interest rate is one of the factors [......trait/property of the factors to which interest rate belongs.....], [Rest of the sentence]
So certainy the "that" refers back to factors NOT interest rate.

Secondly, we are comparing actions so use of "AS" would be preferred.

Hence the answer is (B)

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On hind sight, I agree with Pkit, because in a subordinate clause, the pronoun that acts the introductory conjunction, has to take on the form of the noun just before it, normally the object of the main clause and in this case the plural factors. B is the answer.
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Like vs. As
Like is used to compare nouns.
As is used to compare actions.

Like vs. Such As
“like” means similar to, and “such as” means for example.

• Can you buy me some fruit like oranges or grapefruit?
This sentence would mean that you do NOT want oranges or grapefruit; instead, you'd prefer some fruit similar to oranges and grapefruit. For example, you may want pomelo, lemons, or limes.

• Can you buy me some fruit such as oranges or grapefruit?
Oranges and grapefruit are examples of the type of fruit we want.
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Good question ... Fell for C, but B is correct.
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incorrectly thought it was c- thanks for the explanation

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"one of" is a tricky construction. I think though that instead of looking at "one of" you look at what the pronoun refers to.

Mary is one of the girls who come on Friday night.
Mary is the only one of the girls who comes on Friday night.

In the first sentence, "who" refers to the girls. We can ask "who comes on Friday night?" "The girls do. And Mary is one of them." Because "who" refers to "girls," then we need to use the plural verb, "come."

In the second sentence "who" refers to Mary. We can ask "who comes on Friday nigh?" "Mary does. She's the only one." Because who refers to "Mary," then we need to use the singular verb, "comes."

In this sentence, we ask "what keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control?" "Well, there are many factors." Because the subject of "that" is "many," we'll use the plural verb, "keep." "Many factors keep the market from spiraling out of control."

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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

My logic:
ONE OF THE FACTORs is singular,as it points ot to just one of the many factors,hence verb associated with it should be singular,that is KEEPS. we come down to option A and C
Now, LIKE IT DID compared two things, and AS IT DID is implying some examples,Here we are comparing higher interest rate to to older interest rate of past decade,that means we are comparing two things,So I went with option A.

You take on this pls?

Oh by the way,option A is incorrect.


"One of the factors" is singular, but the clause "that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control ,like it did earlier in the decade." is modifying ALL of the factors, not just the one. So you need "keep". B.

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Like Vs As ..so like is out from this sentence A,D,E
Keep Vs Keps .. here keep is refering factors and not interest rate hence ans is B
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student26 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. 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

My logic:
ONE OF THE FACTORs is singular,as it points ot to just one of the many factors,hence verb associated with it should be singular,that is KEEPS. we come down to option A and C
Now, LIKE IT DID compared two things, and AS IT DID is implying some examples,Here we are comparing higher interest rate to to older interest rate of past decade,that means we are comparing two things,So I went with option A.

You take on this pls?

Oh by the way,option A is incorrect.



Look at "that" following factors. (You can ignore the phrase set off by commas "albeit an important one.")
"That" indicates an essential noun modifier, which means the clause following it is modifying the noun immediately preceding it - factors (again, ignore that phrase set off by the commas). So, "factors keep" is the correct subject-verb match here.
When you say "as it did" you are referring to some noun that did something. Earlier in the sentence, the "rate" didn't do anything - I can't say, "oh, earlier in the decade the rate did X." The "market" on the other hand was spiraling out of control earlier in the decade - I know what "it did." (by Stacy)


ONE OF THE FACTORs is [strike]singular[/strike] plural.


One of the factors is singular (not plural)
one of the factors that (plural verb)

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A High interest rate must be the subject here..
If the subject is plural, then the following senctence should be 'as they did..' and not 'as it did'..

One of my friends is good at singing..
something similar..

I believe the right answer is C.

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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


Clue should be in "As it did earlier..."
OK: "did" is parallel to "keep"
But "it" is not parrallel to "factors". Right? "it" must refer to "one" and "one = interest rate"
Therefore, OA must be C
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This is explanation from Aristotle SC Grail for questions having 'one of the X' structure.

One of the ‘Noun’ (will always be plural) + that/who + Plural Verb
One of the ‘Noun’ (will always be plural)+Singular Verb (usually ‘is’)

therefore imo b is correct
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A High interest rate must be the subject here..
If the subject is plural, then the following senctence should be 'as they did..' and not 'as it did'..

One of my friends is good at singing..
something similar..

I believe the right answer is C.


no, you are wrong, the subject of the second part is housing market, and market spiralled out of control earlier. therefore: 'as it did' is ok.
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Step 1 ‘Like it did’ is wrong. ‘Like’ can not be followed by a clause. So A D E are out. In addition ‘like earlier earlier’ and ‘like it did earlier earlier’ in D and E respectively are junk.

Step 2. B and C both use the pronoun ‘it’. Only ‘keeps’ can be the appropriate verb for that singular pronoun. Hence C wins.

Whatever way you look, you can not justify the plural verb ‘keep’, IMO, the OA is questionable.
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Two reasons:
a) One of the FACTORS that: "factors" is plural, so it requires a verb in plural form (keep).
b) "like it did" is wrong. "Like" doesn't accept clauses.

PS. "IT" refers to the "market". That's why B is correct.

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This question is the BANE of my existence.....it's B....no it's C....no it's B!

There are convincing arguments for both sides of B and C, despite the OA being B, I find it hard to believe that factors can be the subject.

Steve is one of the students who always DOES his homework?

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Steve is one of the students who always DO their homework?

The Vancouver Canucks is one of the hockey teams that IS playing for the Stanley cup this year?

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"is one of the factors that keep" is the correct construction
however "it" cannot be used here since the subject is plural.
wrong options imo

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