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In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia Temoscho is directing one of several clinical research projects that seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement the medical treatment of serious disease.

(A) seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement
(B) seek to determine how helpful psychological counseling is in supplementing
(C) seeks to determine how helpful psychological counseling is to supplement
(D) seeks to determine to what extent psychological counseling is a help in supplementing
(E) seeks to determine the extent that psychological counseling is helpful in supplementing
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New post 26 May 2010, 05:21
ill go with A

Reason: one of several clinical research projects : seek is required.

i some how feel A i better than B


My Bad just learned extend that is wrong idiomatic usage.....

So B is the answer

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New post 23 Jun 2010, 05:34
seekmba wrote:
it is between A and B (because.....one of several clinical research projects that seek is correct)

A sounds better than B and would pick (A).

What is the OA and the correct idiom?


Are we taking about one single project that this DR is directing or all the projects. Please help :(
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Its B.
“one of several x “ takes plural verbs
Between A / B.
A : “extent that” is not correct. extent to which.

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here is seek referring to "one of several clinical research projects" or "several clinical research projects" ??

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+1 for B.

Dissecting the sentence,

1) There are several clinical research projects that seek to do .....
2) Dr L.T. is directing one of these several projects.

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In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia Temoscho is directing one of several clinical research projects that seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement the medical treatment of serious disease.

(A) seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement
(B) seek to determine how helpful psychological counseling is in supplementing
(C) seeks to determine how helpful psychological counseling is to supplement
(D) seeks to determine to what extent psychological counseling is a help in supplementing
(E) seeks to determine the extent that psychological counseling is helpful in supplementing

OA= B. Why do you not use "seeks"?


Indeed a tricky question :-) 'one of sevral clinical research project' tends to feel comfortable with 'seeks'

Wonder if there is anything else be pointed for errors such as 'in supplementing' vs 'to supplement' and 'to determine the extent' vs ' to determine how helpful psychological'.
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Just posted on another thread discussing this topic.

In the above example, "one of several projects that SEEK"

Here PROJECTS is further described - and since PROJECTS is plural, you use SEEK.

BUT--if you wanted to talk about that one particular project, you would say:

"Only one of the several projects submitted was actually chosen."

Other examples:

"One of many teachers WHO WERE"

Teachers is plural so you use WERE.
"one of many teachers who were awesome"

On the other hand, if you didn't use the word WHO there, you could focus on the SINGULAR part by saying:

Only one of the 5 teachers was awesome.
or
Only 1 of the 5,000 people who applied was awarded a scholarship.


Based on the above, you should be able to immediately narrow down the answers to (A) and (B). From there, (B) just sounds more natural.

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Hey stringworm,

I got following information from Grail and hope this will clarify your doubt:

One of the 'Noun' (will always be plural) + that/who + Plural Verb



Seems a kindda idiom :-) One of the X Who/That Y

Anyways, reffer to Page# 48 of SC Grail 2nd edition for better understanding. Hope this helps !!
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I really think either "seek" or "seeks" is allowed here, but (as suggested by heman2402) the issue is with "supplemented to." I think "how...to supplement" is unidiomatic. @GMAT Pill instructor- Well the singular "project" could also be what has been further carried out in description. I don't see anything wrong with one project used "to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement the medical treatment of serious disease."

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I think it also works for "which" check it out from: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp

"Rule 14. Sometimes the pronoun who, that, or which is the subject of a verb in the middle of the sentence. The pronouns who, that, and which become singular or plural according to the noun directly in front of them. So, if that noun is singular, use a singular verb. If it is plural, use a plural verb.
Examples: Salma is the scientist who writes/write the reports.
The word in front of who is scientist, which is singular. Therefore, use the singular verb writes.
He is one of the men who does/do the work.
The word in front of who is men, which is plural. Therefore, use the plural verb do."

Which is consistent with the GMAT Pill instructor's help which is appreciated.

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has to be B, no ways can A be the answer.

"extent to" is the correct idiomatic usage, not "extent that."

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In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia Temoscho is directing one of several clinical research projects that seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement the medical treatment of serious disease.

(A) seek to determine the extent that psychological counseling helps to supplement
Incorrect. S-V agreement: one [modifier] seek (plural).
(B) seek to determine how helpful psychological counseling is in supplementing
Incorrect. S-V agreement: one [modifier] seek (plural).
(C) seeks to determine how helpful psychological counseling is to supplement
Correct.
(D) seeks to determine to what extent psychological counseling is a help in supplementing
Incorrect. "is a help" is not as direct as helpful, also "in supplementing" sounds awkward. I am not sure if it is a correct idiom.
(E) seeks to determine the extent that psychological counseling is helpful in supplementing
Incorrect. "in supplementing" sounds awkward. I am not sure if it is a correct idiom.

I'm going with C.

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I think it's "A".
C,D,E are off due to the inappropriate number agreement.

The verb "seek" refers to the word "projects" and not to the word "one".

"B" seems not right for me. I have a hard time explaining why is that. Sorry about that.

Anyway, I think that "extent that" is okay and the option "A" is correct.

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the pattern
ONE OF THE NOUNS THAT/WHICH ARE

is too difficult to test. I mean we can not realize this pattern using logic in the test room. this point is considered difficult point of grammar, and gmat will not test us this point.

using logic/meaning analyses we can go to oa in this point

the split seek/seeks will distract us from meaning analysis fail us. more dangerously, the split draw us to leaning hard grammar points, which is not focus of the test

do not learn hard grammar points such as ONE OF NOUNS THAT ARE.

maybe, meaning based approach of e gmat course is good
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"...one of several clinical research projects that seek..."

I think we need to use use seek here because "that" is referring to the projects.
If "which" was used instead, it would be "...one of several clinical research projects which seeks...".

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"...one of several clinical research projects that seek..."

I think we need to use use seek here because "that" is referring to the projects.
If "which" was used instead, it would be "...one of several clinical research projects which seeks...".

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one of several projects - seeks

C,D and E are eliminated

B -

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I think there's meaning issue with A as well . Option A implies that the extent is helping to supplement medical treatment.

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New post 24 Feb 2017, 06:24
I don???t understand how option B can be the correct answer here. ???one of several clinical research projects??? means that you are talking about one i.e. singular. It should relate to seeks.

e.g: One of the letters is mine ... It will never be One of the letters are mine!!!
Even if i consider the bizarre ???One of the 'Noun' (will always be plural) + that/who + Plural Verb.??? Rule. If i apply on a example,
One of the ladies who is coming via this train... (One of the ladies who ???are??? coming ... is just odd)
One of the cars that exploded in the accident was mine. (One of the cars that exploded in the accident were mine.... odd)

Isolating and comparing the sentences ...i believe clears the picture.

In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia Temoscho is directing one of several clinical research projects that seeks to determine the extent...
In an effort improve the quality of patient care, Dr. Lydia Temoscho is directing one of several clinical research projects that seek to determine the extent...(odd).

Kindly clear my doubt. Thanks in advance...

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