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As a result of increasingly disastrous economic fallout from mortgage foreclosures, several suburbs of Cleveland, one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars to maintain empty houses in an effort to contain real-estate panic and urban blight.

A. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars
B. one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation, should be spending millions of dollars
C. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, are spending millions of dollars
D. city in the nation that has been hardest-hit, is spending millions of dollars
E. a national hard-hit city, are spending millions of dollars

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As a result of increasingly disastrous economic fallout from mortgage foreclosures, several suburbs of Cleveland, one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars to maintain empty houses in an effort to contain real-estate panic and urban blight.

A. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars
B. one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation, should be spending millions of dollars
C. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, are spending millions of dollars
D. city in the nation that has been hardest-hit, is spending millions of dollars
E. a national hard-hit city, are spending millions of dollars

The subject of this sentence is several suburbs, and the verb must agree with this subject in number. It is also important that the section of the sentence in the appositive phrase (inside the commas) not be awkward.
  1. The verb is does not agree in number with the subject several suburbs.
  2. The imperative implied by the word should is not required by the logic of the sentence.
  3. The verb are correctly agrees with the plural subject several suburbs.
  4. The words in the appositive phrase are unnecessarily awkward, and is does not agree with the plural subject several suburbs.
  5. The phrase a national hard-hit city is unnecessarily awkward.

Answer: C
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New post 08 Jun 2015, 23:34
why is the choice E unnecessarily awkward.
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New post 12 Sep 2018, 03:36
Bunuel wrote:
Official Solution:

As a result of increasingly disastrous economic fallout from mortgage foreclosures, several suburbs of Cleveland, one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars to maintain empty houses in an effort to contain real-estate panic and urban blight.

A. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars
B. one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation, should be spending millions of dollars
C. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, are spending millions of dollars
D. city in the nation that has been hardest-hit, is spending millions of dollars
E. a national hard-hit city, are spending millions of dollars

The subject of this sentence is several suburbs, and the verb must agree with this subject in number. It is also important that the section of the sentence in the appositive phrase (inside the commas) not be awkward.
  1. The verb is does not agree in number with the subject several suburbs.
  2. The imperative implied by the word should is not required by the logic of the sentence.
  3. The verb are correctly agrees with the plural subject several suburbs.
  4. The words in the appositive phrase are unnecessarily awkward, and is does not agree with the plural subject several suburbs.
  5. The phrase a national hard-hit city is unnecessarily awkward.

Answer: C


are the suburbs spending millions of dollars or the city is spending millions of dollars. Shouldnt we refer to the city, Cleveland and not the suburbs?
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pratik2018 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Official Solution:

As a result of increasingly disastrous economic fallout from mortgage foreclosures, several suburbs of Cleveland, one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars to maintain empty houses in an effort to contain real-estate panic and urban blight.

A. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, is spending millions of dollars
B. one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation, should be spending millions of dollars
C. one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, are spending millions of dollars
D. city in the nation that has been hardest-hit, is spending millions of dollars
E. a national hard-hit city, are spending millions of dollars

The subject of this sentence is several suburbs, and the verb must agree with this subject in number. It is also important that the section of the sentence in the appositive phrase (inside the commas) not be awkward.
  1. The verb is does not agree in number with the subject several suburbs.
  2. The imperative implied by the word should is not required by the logic of the sentence.
  3. The verb are correctly agrees with the plural subject several suburbs.
  4. The words in the appositive phrase are unnecessarily awkward, and is does not agree with the plural subject several suburbs.
  5. The phrase a national hard-hit city is unnecessarily awkward.

Answer: C


are the suburbs spending millions of dollars or the city is spending millions of dollars? Shouldn't we refer to the city, Cleveland and not the suburbs?


Option C:
Sentence-structure:
    Subject - Verb
As a result of increasingly disastrous economic fallout from mortgage foreclosures,
Several suburbs of Cleveland, one of the nation’s hardest-hit cities, are spending millions of dollars to maintain empty houses in an effort to contain real-estate panic and urban blight.

The Subject-Verb should be in agreement.
In this case, Several suburbs of Cleveland acts as a Subject. Cleveland is the object denoting the several suburbs OF Cleveland.

Another example:
    Subject - Verb
The Ninja Warriors of Southern Asia were quick with their feet and mind.
Over here, Subject: Ninja Warriors. Southern Asia is the object denoting the Warriors OF Southern Asia.
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