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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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?

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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.
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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

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

Have I inferred correct?
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31 Dec 2012, 00:51
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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

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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.
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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.
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Its a simple rule:

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

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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!

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

Can you help to clarify some details in red above?

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