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According to a recent study, financial problems, together with their serious ramifications, ranks as one of the high causes of marital stress in America.

A) ranks as one of the high causes of marital stress in America
B) rank as one of the leading causes of marital stress in America
C) rank as one of the most high causes of marital stress in America
D) ranks as one of the leading causes of marital stress in America
E) rank as one of the most leading causes of marital strife in America
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Financial Problems is plural entity but my doubt is - should not "one of the high causes" must refer to singular entity?
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I too had the same doubt but I selected this option as all the other options had bigger mistakes in them.
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I too had the same doubt but I selected this option as all the other options had bigger mistakes in them.


Hi somesh86,

Suppose Marital Stress has following causes:

1. Financial Problems
2. Work-Place Problems
3. Health Problems

Could you not say "Financial Problems" as rank one of the above causes?

Hope this clears the doubt.
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Yes you are correct. I think my doubt is resolved. I was thinking that 'One of the' always makes things singular but my understanding was flawed. 'One of the' leads to a singular verb actually.


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This works grammatically, but logically, the whole thing is a no-go. The sentence is saying that together, both financial problems and their ramifications rank as a cause of marital problems. So it's saying that financial problems and the things that they cause combine to cause a third thing. In that case, why don't we just say that financial problems are the cause, and leave "ramifications" out of it?
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DmitryFarber wrote:
This works grammatically, but logically, the whole thing is a no-go. The sentence is saying that together, both financial problems and their ramifications rank as a cause of marital problems. So it's saying that financial problems and the things that they cause combine to cause a third thing. In that case, why don't we just say that financial problems are the cause, and leave "ramifications" out of it?


Thanks for explanation!!

Why can't "together with serious ramifications" be considered as a modifier?So, as HKD1710 explained, financial problems can be a singlular entity.
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HKD1710 wrote:

Suppose Marital Stress has following causes:

1. Financial Problems
2. Work-Place Problems
3. Health Problems

Could you not say "Financial Problems" as rank one of the above causes?

Hope this clears the doubt.


HKD1710 Thank you.I have better clarity now.
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