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09 Dec 2008, 07:27
One of every two new businesses fail within two years.
(A) fail
(B) fails
(C) should fail
(D) may have failed
(E) has failed
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09 Dec 2008, 14:55
lgon wrote:
One of every two new businesses fail within two years.
(A) fail
(B) fails
(C) should fail
(D) may have failed
(E) has failed

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09 Dec 2008, 18:31
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15 Dec 2008, 07:42
ritula wrote:
B

Thanks OA is B.
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19 Oct 2011, 13:33
Agree with B.
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29 Oct 2011, 14:55
I have to agree with B here.
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01 Nov 2011, 01:46
B WINS. The verb should be singular because the subject is "One"
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02 Nov 2011, 01:28
IMO-B

"One" of every two business is singular & hence it should be "fails" and not "fail".
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02 Nov 2011, 17:49
+1 B
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03 Nov 2011, 17:32
B

question though... when would it be "has failed"? Only if the sentence started with something like "Since ..... one of every two has failed" ?
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07 Nov 2011, 13:03
One [strike]of every two new businesses[/strike] fails within two years.
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08 Nov 2011, 18:36
1 Business --> fails
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12 Nov 2011, 17:00
lgon wrote:
One of every two new businesses fail within two years.
(A) fail
(B) fails
(C) should fail
(D) may have failed
(E) has failed

The best way to think about this is to remove "new businesses" when you read it to yourself.

So it would be like this:

"one out of 2 fail/fails"

One out of 2 FAILS - that's (B).

So pick (B) and move on.

Hope that helps.
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