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# According to the international investment memorandum recently signed

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According to the international investment memorandum recently signed in Geneva, France is one of the 4 European nations planning to provide fewer tax incentives for foreign investment in production of heavy industrial machinery.

(A) planning to provide fewer

(B) planning to provide less

(C) planning on providing fewer

(D) which is planning on providing fewer

(E) that is planning to provide less

I got this one correct, however, when I was looking at the usage of "France is one of the 4 European nations" construction, I was curious to find more examples of this kind. Does anybody have questions on this topic? Even a link on this topic will help.

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Two things: 1. less and plural nouns do not go together. Less is used only in singulars. So, B and E are out. 2. planning on providing is wrong idiom. Planning to provide is the correct form. So C and D are gone. A dodges these faults and survives.
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28 Oct 2008, 11:10
tax incentives are countable. B & E out.

D is wrong because it uses which in an incorrect way

Between A & C, take the infinitive over on. A

What are you looking for in the France is one of the 4 European nations construct? I did not understand what you were in search of exactly.
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28 Oct 2008, 11:20
Right on.... OA is (A)

I was looking for sentences or rules governing constructions like "x is one of the many" types.... I sometimes get confused about the subject of the sentence (singular or plural).
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@leonidas: Is this what you are looking for

1. Minnesota is the only one of the contiguous forty-eight states that still has a sizable wolf population, and where this predator remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep.

(A) that still has a sizable wolf population, and where
(B) that still has a sizable wolf population, where
(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where
(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable; - gramatically is correct but needs conjunction to show the logical relationship between two independent clauses, rather tah semicolon that implies their equality
(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where

2. With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(E) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
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1. Minnesota is the only OA is E
2. With its plan to develop seven OA is C
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(E)

(A) that still has a sizable wolf population, and where
(B) that still has a sizable wolf population, where
(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where
(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable;
(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where
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According to the international investment memorandum recently signed in Geneva, France is one of the 4 European nations planning to provide fewer tax incentives for foreign investment in production of heavy industrial machinery.

a) planning to provide fewer
b) planning to provide less
c) planning on providing fewer
d) which is planning on providing fewer
e) that is planning to provide less

OA is a). For E) if you neglect "less", the explanation says that "is planning" is not in agreement with the plural noun "nations." I am not sure why???

Any thoughts

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19 Apr 2011, 18:44
"less" is not the correct option since "fewer" should be used for tax incentives which are countable.
Eliminate B and E in the first place. Let's not even discuss them.

Do you have any confusion among A, C and D ?

voodoochild wrote:
According to the international investment memorandum recently signed in Geneva, France is one of the 4 European nations planning to provide fewer tax incentives for foreign investment in production of heavy industrial machinery.

a) planning to provide fewer
b) planning to provide less
c) planning on providing fewer
d) which is planning on providing fewer
e) that is planning to provide less

OA is a). For E) if you neglect "less", the explanation says that "is planning" is not in agreement with the plural noun "nations." I am not sure why???

Any thoughts

Thanks
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"less" is not the correct option since "fewer" should be used for tax incentives which are countable.
Eliminate B and E in the first place. Let's not even discuss them.

Do you have any confusion among A, C and D ?

voodoochild wrote:
According to the international investment memorandum recently signed in Geneva, France is one of the 4 European nations planning to provide fewer tax incentives for foreign investment in production of heavy industrial machinery.

a) planning to provide fewer
b) planning to provide less
c) planning on providing fewer
d) which is planning on providing fewer
e) that is planning to provide less

OA is a). For E) if you neglect "less", the explanation says that "is planning" is not in agreement with the plural noun "nations." I am not sure why???

Any thoughts

Thanks
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Nope. I am fine with the answer. The question is more about the explanation.

Let's change option e to "that is planning to provide fewer".....whats wrong with this ?
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According to the international investment memorandum recently signed in Geneva, France is one of the 4 European nations planning to provide fewer tax incentives for foreign investment in production of heavy industrial machinery.
e) that is planning to provide less

"France is one of the 4 nations", so this expects a plural verb. In e. "is" is not in agreement.
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voodoochild wrote:
pesfunk wrote:
"less" is not the correct option since "fewer" should be used for tax incentives which are countable.
Eliminate B and E in the first place. Let's not even discuss them.

Do you have any confusion among A, C and D ?

voodoochild wrote:
According to the international investment memorandum recently signed in Geneva, France is one of the 4 European nations planning to provide fewer tax incentives for foreign investment in production of heavy industrial machinery.

a) planning to provide fewer
b) planning to provide less
c) planning on providing fewer
d) which is planning on providing fewer
e) that is planning to provide less

OA is a). For E) if you neglect "less", the explanation says that "is planning" is not in agreement with the plural noun "nations." I am not sure why???

Any thoughts

Thanks
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Nope. I am fine with the answer. The question is more about the explanation.

Let's change option e to "that is planning to provide fewer".....whats wrong with this ?

What is France one of? The four nations planning to provide fewer incentives.
The four nations are planning to provide fewer incentives; France is one of these four nations.
Thus, the sentence can't say the four nations that is planning, because is (singular) doesn't agree with nations (plural).
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Consider this sentence:

He is one of the players who play/plays in English League.

We choose here plural play.

Rule - If the plural noun is followed by a relative pronoun such as "that/who", the singular verb changes into plural.

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Hi there,

Could anyone explain how is tax inscentives a countable noun?
I don't see how you can say, 1 tax inscentive, 2 tax inscentives, 3 ... etc.

Could someone elaborate on the concept, pls?

Many thanks,
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tax incentives are countable. B & E out.

D is wrong because it uses which in an incorrect way

Between A & C, take the infinitive over on. A

What are you looking for in the France is one of the 4 European nations construct? I did not understand what you were in search of exactly.
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Yela wrote:
Hi there,

Could anyone explain how is tax inscentives a countable noun?
I don't see how you can say, 1 tax inscentive, 2 tax inscentives, 3 ... etc.

Could someone elaborate on the concept, pls?

Many thanks,
Yela

I have this same question. Somebody please explain this.
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Yela wrote:
Hi there,

Could anyone explain how is tax inscentives a countable noun?
I don't see how you can say, 1 tax inscentive, 2 tax inscentives, 3 ... etc.

Could someone elaborate on the concept, pls?

Many thanks,
Yela

I have this same question. Somebody please explain this.

Any noun expressed in plural form MUST be countable - plural form is applicable only for countable nouns. Here since "incentives" is plural, it must be a countable noun.
(There may be many different incentives provided to foreign investors.)
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What is the reason that C is out ?

I mean the reason " Between A & C, take the infinitive over on. A " is not enough to decide in my opinion.
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What is the reason that C is out ?

I mean the reason " Between A & C, take the infinitive over on. A " is not enough to decide in my opinion.

Reason is idiomatic usage. "Plan to" is the correct idiom.
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