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# Although they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake

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Although they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease.

(A) they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease

(B) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease

(C) it is a crucially important factor, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many that determines whether his or her weight will increase or decrease

(D) crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determines the increase or decrease in their weight

(E) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many factors that determines the increase or decrease in his or her weight

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20 Aug 2015, 20:21
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B,
the structure "One of the" is key here.
Since for the form ("one of the" + plural noun + that +Verb) , the verb has to be plural, hence determine is the right verb.
So we can omit C,D,E
in option 1, its wrongly using "their" .
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B,
the structure "One of the" is key here.
Since for the form ("one of the" + plural noun + that +Verb) , the verb has to be plural, hence determine is the right verb.
So we can omit C,D,E
in option 1, its wrongly using "their" .
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(A) they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease

(B) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease
His or her = singular for a person correct, determine= plural for factors correct
I am just confused if we can write "(clause) It is .......important, (clause) a person's calorie intake.................".

(C) it is a crucially important factor, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many that determines whether his or her weight will increase or decrease

(D) crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determines the increase or decrease in their weight

(E) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many factors that determines the increase or decrease in his or her weight[/quote]
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I completely agree with the solution....... but my query is ...........

to which noun the pronoun his/her is referring to ? I mean the antecedent ....
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I completely agree with the solution....... but my query is ...........

to which noun the pronoun his/her is referring to ? I mean the antecedent ....

Take another look at (B): Although it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease.

We know that "his or her" has to refer to a singular antecedent and that this antecedent should be a person. The only viable option here is, conveniently enough, "person's."

I hope that helps!
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18 Oct 2018, 21:34
GMATNinja wrote:
u1983 wrote:
I completely agree with the solution....... but my query is ...........

to which noun the pronoun his/her is referring to ? I mean the antecedent ....

Take another look at (B): Although it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease.

We know that "his or her" has to refer to a singular antecedent and that this antecedent should be a person. The only viable option here is, conveniently enough, "person's."

I hope that helps!

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could you please explain how to reject C and E
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18 Oct 2018, 21:51
saurabh9gupta wrote:
GMATNinja wrote:
u1983 wrote:
I completely agree with the solution....... but my query is ...........

to which noun the pronoun his/her is referring to ? I mean the antecedent ....

Take another look at (B): Although it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease.

We know that "his or her" has to refer to a singular antecedent and that this antecedent should be a person. The only viable option here is, conveniently enough, "person's."

I hope that helps!

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could you please explain how to reject C and E

My 2 cents :

Although they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease.

(E) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many factors that determines the increase or decrease in his or her weight

Let's take E first. the only -This changes meaning.

What we want is - "Although......important .....but only one of many factors......."

What we have here is - "Although.....important.....is the ONLY of many factors....."

(C) it is a crucially important factor, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many that determines whether his or her weight will increase or decrease

Same as E.

(B) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease

Hope this helps!!
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Although they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease.

(A) they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease

(B) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease

(C) it is a crucially important factor, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many that determines whether his or her weight will increase or decrease

(D) crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determines the increase or decrease in their weight

(E) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many factors that determines the increase or decrease in his or her weight

so even if anyone does not know the rule - one of the XYZ, this question can be done.

notice the part ---> many factors that determines --> in this sentence, the word "that" refers to factors (which is plural) and so DETERMINE will be the right word.

CDE will be out straight away.

The word "they" in A has no referent.

Thus B

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I am afraid not.
You see, C, and to a large extent, E are perfectly grammatical sentences. Please look more carefully-- "one of the factors" and "the only one of the factors" are not the same and substantially differ in their subject-verb agreement. When you say "the only one of the factors that determines," the subject is the singular -the only one of the factors'-. Hence, you do require a singular verb such as "determines."
On the contrary, when you say just -only of the factors that determine--, the subject is the plural --only of the factors--, and so you then require a plural verb such as "determine."
Therefore, grammatically there is nothing wrong about the subject-verb agreement in choices C and E. However, both of them substantially vary from the intended meaning, by meaning that it is the only factor.
The intended meaning is to say that although calorie intake is a crucial one, it is but only one of the many factors.
Per Se, B not only is Fidel to the original in meaning but also is grammatically correct and hence the right choice.

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daagh sir... makes a lot of sense now

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I am confused.

B Says "one of the many factors that determine"

If "one" is singular, then should it not be determines instead of determine?
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nausherwan wrote:
I am confused.

B Says "one of the many factors that determine"

If "one" is singular, then should it not be determines instead of determine?

Check out this thread for a discussion of how to figure out what "that" modifies. If that doesn't help, let us know.
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