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One in seven manufacturing jobs in the US depends on exports.

A)One in seven manufacturing jobs in the US depends

B) One in seven manufacturing jobs in the US depend

C) One is seven uS manfuacturing jobs depend

D) One seventh of US manufacturing jobs is dependent

E) One seventh of manufacturing jobs in the US are dependent

I searched in the archives and this SC has been discussed before. But iam still unable to understand why the close choice is incorrect. Please provide explanations..
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05 Aug 2004, 22:13
I feel (A) is the answer. Since one in seven is actully referring to just 'one', so singular depends instead of depend should be used.(C) is wrong as it sounds like a form of manufacturing called US Manufacturing. (D) and (E) don't sound right with one-seventh.
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05 Aug 2004, 22:23
Yes A is the answer. I also got it right..but why do you think one seventh in E doesnt sound right? I dont see any problem with it.. I think it makes sense.
What am I missing?
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05 Aug 2004, 22:33
I am stuck between A & E. I prefer E to A because 'dependent on' gives better sense.

Could some body make it clear why E is not correct?

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One in seven manufacturing jobs in the US depends on exports.

A)One in seven manufacturing jobs in the US depends

B) One in seven manufacturing jobs in the US depend

C) One is seven uS manfuacturing jobs depend

D) One seventh of US manufacturing jobs is dependent

E) One seventh of manufacturing jobs in the US are dependent

I searched in the archives and this SC has been discussed before. But iam still unable to understand why the close choice is incorrect. Please provide explanations..

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05 Aug 2004, 22:39
I think one-seventh would need a 'the' to refer to what the faction is referring to. For instance:

one-seventh of the students are girls.
one-tenth of his salary
etcetra

similarly, i would feel one-seventh of the manufacturing jobs in US...is correct. One-seventh of US manufacturign job is wrong, even if you say One seventh of the US manufacturing jobs. That's because the jobs we are referring to are manufacturing jobs that are in the US.
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05 Aug 2004, 23:36
A it is.

It can also be read as - "One (job) in seven jobs..... " so depends is fine as it is refering to that 'one' job.
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05 Aug 2004, 23:49
I am just trying to get a clarification here...

'One in Seven' is a more appropriat english usgae vis-a-vis

'one seventh' which sounds more as a 'math' word problem usage.

So may be 'E' is not ok for the style rather than 'grammar'.

Can somebody look at this dimension and advise whether my thought is within scope or not?
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06 Aug 2004, 04:06
Venksune, agree with you on that point. I have come across a question that posed 'one in some number' versus 'one-some number' and the former came out correct too. So I suppose one in seventh is the correct grammatical structure.
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06 Aug 2004, 05:49
crackgmat750 wrote:
Yes A is the answer. I also got it right..but why do you think one seventh in E doesnt sound right? I dont see any problem with it.. I think it makes sense.
What am I missing?

you are right, E is also correct. but if talk of conciseness A wins.
06 Aug 2004, 05:49
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