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Can someone please explain what do "Cleveland is but one.." and all the sentence mean?

With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

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17 Oct 2006, 06:15
You have to use singular when dealing with one of the many, each, everyone and etc.

I choose B because it is less wordy...
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17 Oct 2006, 06:31
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Can someone please explain what do "Cleveland is but one.." and all the sentence mean?

With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

Wow, I am completely confused.

First, there's an idiom issue . . . is it looking at or looking to? I think it's "looking at," but does this hold true if it's more metaphorical rather than physically looking?

also, there's an SVA issue here. Conventional grammar tells us that the subject is Cleveland or maybe one, either way it's singular. But I remember reading on this forum that when "that" is used, it refers to the noun in front of it, which in this case is great lakes or maybe even communities (I remember this from some other SC problem about grasslands). But I think "that" clearly refers to Cleveland and should be singular.

E is clearly wrong . . . as a way they can
D is wrong b/c are . . its = inconsistent

thereafter, I will go with B b/c it's the shortest answer.

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17 Oct 2006, 06:32
One more for B. The use of "are" is incorrect here.
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17 Oct 2006, 06:55
Not clear about the peculiar usage Karl mentioned.

I would go with C.
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17 Oct 2006, 08:51
I find no reason for using "waterfronts" inplace of "waterfront".Hence (C) and (E) are out.Also I beleive it should be "looking at.." and singular is required when dealing with one of the many, each, everyone and etc.
Hence (B)
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17 Oct 2006, 09:01
Caught between C and E.

are is required here .....

looking at is right usage and they refers all countries other than cleveland

Go for E

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17 Oct 2006, 09:19
Straight C.
"are" is required here. Left with C and E. C has better construction than E.
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17 Oct 2006, 09:45
Caught between C and E.

are is required here .....

looking at is right usage and they refers all countries other than cleveland

Go for E

But if "they" refers to all countries but Cleveland, why does the sentence begin with "With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is ". Cleveland would then not be an exception? So no need to use "but".

It's not clear. Can someone please translate the whole sentence in something easily understandable?
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17 Oct 2006, 10:14
Betting on C

communities .. are looking to Idiomatic and correct SVA.
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17 Oct 2006, 10:17
Juaz wrote:
Straight C.
"are" is required here. Left with C and E. C has better construction than E.

C here as mentioned by Juaz that are is required because the subject is the many communities which is plural.

Another thing t o look at in order to eliminate E is the use of as a way because its wordy, no doubt it is gramatically correct, both C and E are coming to the same point, but C is more concise
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17 Oct 2006, 10:18
A or B. For A: with 'to imporve..' there is no 'to attract..'
Will go with B.
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17 Oct 2006, 10:24
Vote for 'E'.

Two reasons:
1. ' Look at' is the correct idiom.

2. 'looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses' should modify all communities on the side of great lakes and not just Cleveland.
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17 Oct 2006, 12:11
Look at is wrong ( means "see"at "one direction)
Cleveland or the communities cannot "look", since they "aint" got no eyes

however[b][color=darkred] can somebody explain the use of "X of Y" as plural or singular?[/b][/color]

As far as I know...

X of Y the verbs agrees with X, except when X is a quantity word for example:
one quarter of the investments are bonds

I take the chance to repost one previous question:

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors, albeit an important one, that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.

a) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade.
b) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
c) that keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did earlier in the decade
d) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like earlier in the decade
e) that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade

should the verb agree with Interest rate or factors?
I guess factors as mentioned above[color=darkred][/color]
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17 Oct 2006, 17:22
C for parallelism (to improve and attract ) and SVA.

that refers to communities here - hence are is needed
A/B out
D is out too because of "its"
in E "as a way they can is wordy"
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17 Oct 2006, 17:34
"Look at" is preferable here as well as the singular which refers to Cleveland. One vote for B. OA please!
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17 Oct 2006, 20:15
Hmmm... add my C to the variety of answers.
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17 Oct 2006, 22:09
Between B and C, I pick C.
I took a long time to decide what the subject was Cleveland or Communities.
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17 Oct 2006, 22:12
karlfurt wrote:
Can someone please explain what do "Cleveland is but one.." and all the sentence mean?

With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

Karl just remove the but before the one and read the sentence.Cleveland is one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that

The reason a but is placed before the one is to place a greater emphasis when u speak on the fact that cleveland is one of ....
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18 Oct 2006, 01:43
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karlfurt wrote:
Can someone please explain what do "Cleveland is but one.." and all the sentence mean?

With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

Karl just remove the but before the one and read the sentence.Cleveland is one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that

The reason a but is placed before the one is to place a greater emphasis when u speak on the fact that cleveland is one of ....

Thanks sangarelli.

But I have the feeling Cleveland is viewed as an exception.

dictionnary.com : â€“adv : 11. only; just: There is but one God.
webster: 1 : ONLY, MERELY <he is but a child>

With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is (only one) of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract.

I understand the sentence as : Cleveland and the other communities have big plans in mind, but Cleveland is the only one planning to developp 7,5 acres.

Is that right?

BTW, OA is C.
You were 6B, 7C, 4E. Like most of the time, the majority is right.
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