It is currently 22 Nov 2017, 04:27

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 19 Sep 2011
Posts: 27

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 4

WE: Consulting (Consulting)
I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 18 May 2012, 09:02
3
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

100% (00:17) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 16 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

I am confused with the use of one of. For ex :

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.


In this sentence 'determine' takes the plural form because 'one of the many factors' is plural right?

Now in this sentence..

Since 1989, when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, has been the former East Germans, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.

'one of the most problematic ethnic groups' takes the singular 'has been'.

What am i missing here??

Any explanations would be greatly appreciated..

Negative

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 4

Expert Post
MBA Admissions Consultant
User avatar
B
Joined: 06 Jan 2012
Posts: 366

Kudos [?]: 202 [0], given: 1

Re: Subject Verb agreement [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 18 May 2012, 14:30
1. Although they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determinee if their weight will increase or decrease.

In the above sentence, the subject is plural( factors) because not one , but all the factors determine if the weight will increase or decrease. Thus, in spite of the usage "one of" plural form of verb is used.

2. Since 1989, when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, has been the former East Germans, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.

This sentence is referring to only one subject (ethnic group) out of many , so it has taken singular form 'has been'.

I hope it helped.

Kudos [?]: 202 [0], given: 1

3 KUDOS received
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 28 May 2011
Posts: 190

Kudos [?]: 71 [3], given: 7

Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, International Business
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V38
GPA: 3.6
WE: Project Management (Computer Software)
Re: Subject Verb agreement [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 20 May 2012, 12:58
3
This post received
KUDOS
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
I understand it is very confusing to differentiate these two cases. However, if you concentrate on intended meaning of the sentence, it will help more often than not.

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.

In this sentence, presence of 'that' makes 'many factors' (instead of 'only one of the many factors') subject of the sentence.


Since 1989, when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups (in the reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation), has been the former East Germans, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.

In this sentence, absence of any conjunction word makes 'one of the most problematic ethnic groups' subject of the sentence.


_________________

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
http://gmatclub.com/forum/a-guide-to-the-official-guide-13-for-gmat-review-134210.html
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Kudos [?]: 71 [3], given: 7

Retired Moderator
User avatar
P
Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4314

Kudos [?]: 8185 [0], given: 364

Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: Subject Verb agreement [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 21 May 2012, 06:29
I am afraid the choice you have cited for the first sentence is a flawed one. We cannot base a discussion on a wrong choice. What are the other choices or what is the correct choice? For example, what does their refer to? Why is if used rather than the customary whether. Can you please provide these info?

In the second case, the subject is one group of people namely the EGs, the word one representing a collective noun, which is considered singular. Therefore, the verb is singular. Please note that there is no restrictive pronoun that in the second case as you find in the first choice, the factors that determine ; the pronoun that stands for the plural factors and hence the verb takes the plural avatar.
This is as per obedience to the touch rule of the relative pronoun.
_________________

Can you solve at least some SC questions without delving into the initial statement?

Narendran 98845 44509

Kudos [?]: 8185 [0], given: 364

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Jul 2011
Posts: 38

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 6

Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Oct 2012, 20:22
the correct choice is this
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

but here also the one of many factors is plural.
and i thought that pharse "one of" always takes a singular verb
such as "one of the ships has gone down"

Its confusing
can anybody explain?

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 6

6 KUDOS received
VP
VP
User avatar
Status: Been a long time guys...
Joined: 03 Feb 2011
Posts: 1378

Kudos [?]: 1704 [6], given: 62

Location: United States (NY)
Concentration: Finance, Marketing
GPA: 3.75
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member
Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Oct 2012, 21:46
6
This post received
KUDOS
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
The million dollar rule:
One of the X that/who Y--->
ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + THAT/WHO+PLURAL VERB.
ex-This is one of the questions that are correct.
ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + SINGULAR VERB
ex-One of the chairs is broken.

Now just as all other rules have exceptions, the above rule also does.
Exception 1-A (COLLECTIVE NOUN ex-group) of Noun(plural) that/who-->ALWAYS SINGULAR
Exception 2-i) THE only one of....that/who-->Always singular
ii) Only one of ........that/who-->Always plural.

The thorough study of this rule itself is capable of increasing your score by 1 point.
Hope that helps.
-s
_________________

Prepositional Phrases Clarified|Elimination of BEING| Absolute Phrases Clarified
Rules For Posting
www.Univ-Scholarships.com

Kudos [?]: 1704 [6], given: 62

Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 24 Mar 2010
Posts: 78

Kudos [?]: 80 [0], given: 134

Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 30 Dec 2012, 23:49
Marcab wrote:
The million dollar rule:
One of the X that/who Y--->
ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + THAT/WHO+PLURAL VERB.
ex-This is one of the questions that are correct.
ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + SINGULAR VERB
ex-One of the chairs is broken.


Marcab, could you elaborate,
I am not sure if I understood completely


Quote:
Now just as all other rules have exceptions, the above rule also does.
Exception 1-A (COLLECTIVE NOUN ex-group) of Noun(plural) that/who-->ALWAYS SINGULAR
Exception 2-i) THE only one of....that/who-->Always singular
ii) Only one of ........that/who-->Always plural.

The thorough study of this rule itself is capable of increasing your score by 1 point.
Hope that helps.
-s


The army of ants are marching forward. - INCORRECT
The army of ants is marching forward. - CORRECT

Have I inferred correct?
_________________

- Stay Hungry, stay Foolish -

Kudos [?]: 80 [0], given: 134

VP
VP
User avatar
Status: Been a long time guys...
Joined: 03 Feb 2011
Posts: 1378

Kudos [?]: 1704 [0], given: 62

Location: United States (NY)
Concentration: Finance, Marketing
GPA: 3.75
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member
Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Dec 2012, 00:51
eaakbari wrote:
Marcab wrote:
The million dollar rule:
One of the X that/who Y--->
ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + THAT/WHO+PLURAL VERB.
ex-This is one of the questions that are correct.
ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + SINGULAR VERB
ex-One of the chairs is broken.


Marcab, could you elaborate,
I am not sure if I understood completely


Quote:
Now just as all other rules have exceptions, the above rule also does.
Exception 1-A (COLLECTIVE NOUN ex-group) of Noun(plural) that/who-->ALWAYS SINGULAR
Exception 2-i) THE only one of....that/who-->Always singular
ii) Only one of ........that/who-->Always plural.

The thorough study of this rule itself is capable of increasing your score by 1 point.
Hope that helps.
-s


The army of ants are marching forward. - INCORRECT
The army of ants is marching forward. - CORRECT

Have I inferred correct?


See,
If you need to simplify this entire rule, then one thing you must note; here we have used prepositional phrase.
Honestly speaking, there is nothing to remember here. Just go with the basics of prepositional phrases.
prepositional-phrases-clarified-144981.html
After going through the above link, you would breeze away through the entire rule. There is nothing to remember it.
Let me know if anything remains unclear.
_________________

Prepositional Phrases Clarified|Elimination of BEING| Absolute Phrases Clarified
Rules For Posting
www.Univ-Scholarships.com

Kudos [?]: 1704 [0], given: 62

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 26 Jan 2012
Posts: 74

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 14

Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Dec 2012, 05:47
Its a simple rule:

One of the “noun” (always plural) + that/who + plural verb
One of the “noun” (always plural) + singular verb

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 14

Non-Human User
User avatar
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10129

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Premium Member
Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 07 Apr 2014, 20:44
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 04 Feb 2013
Posts: 117

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 11

Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 May 2014, 10:35
Marcab wrote:
The million dollar rule:
One of the X that/who Y--->
ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + THAT/WHO+PLURAL VERB.
ex-This is one of the questions that are correct.
This rule is for objects, right?

ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + SINGULAR VERB
ex-One of the chairs is broken.
This one is valid only when the phrase is the subject of the sent, right?

Now just as all other rules have exceptions, the above rule also does.
Exception 1-A (COLLECTIVE NOUN ex-group) of Noun(plural) that/who-->ALWAYS SINGULAR
Exception 2-i) THE only one of....that/who-->Always singular
ii) Only one of ........that/who-->Always plural.

Can you help to give examples for exceptions above? would be much more clearer..thanks!

-s


Hi Marcab,
The general rule mentioned above totally makes sense...kudos..

Can you help to clarify some details in red above?

Cheers

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 11

Non-Human User
User avatar
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10129

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Premium Member
Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 07 Sep 2017, 22:51
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Re: I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although   [#permalink] 07 Sep 2017, 22:51
Display posts from previous: Sort by

I am confused with the use of one of . For ex : Although

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.