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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) keepsthe housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did

D) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier

E) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier

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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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Whoah..This one seems to have split the opinions right on the dotted line. Let me add my 2c.

When it come to certain pronouns (SANAMO), one has to look at the object of the preposition phrase to determine if the verb needs to be singular or plural. The SANAMO pronouns are (Some, Any, None, All, Most,One) .

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

The emphasis in the above sentence is NOT on the higher interest rate (which is singular). The emphasis is on the subject of that -->in this case that happens to be factors.

Let us ask ourselves.

Let's look at some other examples :-
- John is one of the boys who play soccer. - The emphasis is on boys who playsoccer.
- John is the only one among the boys who plays soccer - The emphasis is on John.

Note the difference in the emphasis. The emphasis varies between "John" and "boys".

Usually when we see the construct "one of THE..blah blah.." this is good indicator that the verb needs to be singular.
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B should be the answer
One of the + PLURAL NOUN + that/who/ +
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e.g- “He is one of the persons who make
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So A and C are out.
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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
correct comparison
C) keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did
D) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier wrong comparison
E) keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier
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A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control.

The "keep the housing market from spiraling out of control" is an independent clause. Relative pronoun like THAT is used to plug in clause into the sentence. It connects the noun to clause ( not just the subject ).

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors THAT keep ....

"That" works as a restrictive clause to connect "factors" to rest of the clause.

But "interest rate" is always the subject.
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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

ans should be 'B' ... firstly usage of 'as' is better than 'like' so A,D and E are wrong...
now 'that keep' is ok if it refers to factors, which should be the case and 'that keeps' is right if it is referring to one... but once we read two options , so ill go with B
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"one of" + plural noun (in this case factors) is plural. that's rule.
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it is correct to say "one of my friends"

similarly here one of the "factors that keep the market up" , keep is the verb for the subject factors and not the specific "one" under discussion in main sentence
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'AS" for sure. a,d,e out.

But I do believe 'ONE OF THE FACTORS' requres singular.
but 'TWO OF THE FACTORS' requres plural.

number of smth - number determines whether verb is singular or plural, not smth.

But I confused with THAT. THAT refer to factors.

So, summarizing:
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1) One of the factors keeps
2) Two of the factors keep
3) One of the factors that keep
4) Two of the factors that keep
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Can gurus confirm it?

So, my ans is B
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Like is used when comparing nouns whereas as is used when comparing actions. In this question, since actions are compared so use of "as" is the correct one.
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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


rule: one of the NOUN who/that PLURAL-VERB
---> A, C out

rule: "as" is used for clauses and "like" for nouns/noun phrases
---> E out

can someone please explain why B is correct over D?
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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

Let us discuss this....


that keeps the ..... is modifying the "factors" not "one of the factors" so it should be plural form of the verb.. so KEEP is correct.

we use as to compare phrases and like to compare nouns
here we are comparing two phrases so it should be "as'

so clearly B
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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.
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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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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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From the below mentioned link

"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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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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+1 B

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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The formation is - one of the + noun in plural form + who/that + verb in plural form. Hence B is correct.
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