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New post 30 May 2020, 04:00
Hello All,

I am a bit confused here...I chose option 3 thinking one is singular and therefore keeps is correct but the solution says since factors is plural it should be keep..is there any way to decide between options like these

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.

1.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

2.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did ---> correct choice

3.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did

4.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like

5.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did
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New post 30 May 2020, 08:24
DJ101 wrote:
Hello All,

I am a bit confused here...I chose option 3 thinking one is singular and therefore keeps is correct but the solution says since factors is plural it should be keep..is there any way to decide between options like these

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.

1.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

2.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did ---> correct choice

3.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did

4.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like

5.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

Which one ''keep(s) the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did earlier in the decade'' ?
one?
or
factors?
do you think that it is 'one'?
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Hello All,

I am a bit confused here...I chose option 3 thinking one is singular and therefore keeps is correct but the solution says since factors is plural it should be keep..is there any way to decide between options like these

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.

1.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

2.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did ---> correct choice

3.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did

4.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like

5.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

Hello, DJ101. This question is discussed in a separate thread, here, and there are a few pages of dialogue on it, so I hope you can find a post that resonates with you there. I will say, to be brief, that proper agreement of these prepositional phrases is dictated by the article, a/the, that precedes the subject of the sentence. In this case, the subject is a higher interest rate, not the higher interest rate, so a plural verb agreement, one that agrees with the object of the preposition, factors, is appropriate:

A higher interest rate is only one of the factors that keep...

As for like versus as, I will leave that discussion to the thread whose link I provided above. I hope it helps.

Good luck with your studies.

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DJ101 wrote:
Hello All,

I am a bit confused here...I chose option 3 thinking one is singular and therefore keeps is correct but the solution says since factors is plural it should be keep..is there any way to decide between options like these

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.

1.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

2.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did ---> correct choice

3.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did

4.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like

5.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did



Hi DJ101,

"keep" is correct in the above sentence choices. Because the statement is talking about the "factors" that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control
and "A higher interest rate" is one of those factors.

So, the focus is "factors" and in the sentences like "one of the....", the verb must agree with the noun it is closest to, which is "factors" in this case not the "Higher interest rate".


I hope this helps :)
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New post 31 May 2020, 02:54
DJ101 wrote:
Hello All,

I am a bit confused here...I chose option 3 thinking one is singular and therefore keeps is correct but the solution says since factors is plural it should be keep..is there any way to decide between options like these

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.

1.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

2.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did ---> correct choice

3.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did

4.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like

5.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

Hi DJ101, the way to interpret such sentences is:

There are many factors that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control; a higher interest rate is one of those factors.

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses "one of the" construct, its application and examples in significant detail. If you or someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.
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Hi can you please email me the notesas well.i have a similar problem
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DJ101 wrote:
Hello All,

I am a bit confused here...I chose option 3 thinking one is singular and therefore keeps is correct but the solution says since factors is plural it should be keep..is there any way to decide between options like these

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.

1.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

2.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did ---> correct choice

3.keeps the housing market from spiraling out of control, as it did

4.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like

5.keep the housing market from spiraling out of control, like it did

Hi DJ101, the way to interpret such sentences is:

There are many factors that keep the housing market from spiraling out of control; a higher interest rate is one of those factors.

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses "one of the" construct, its application and examples in significant detail. If you or someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.


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Sure please PM me your mail id.
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