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15 Sep 2016, 06:43
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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15 Sep 2016, 16:20
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.

I'm assuming you've problem in understanding OA, since its not clear by your question what your exact doubt is.

OA is
Among the various factors that foster innovative accomplishments is change for the better that signifies disruption of the routine, deviation from the normal and redirection from the past

This is a case of SV inversion (Why? because GMAT likes making simple things complicated )

Subject = Change
verb = is

You can understand it this way,
Change for better is/are among the various factors....that signifies disruption.....

Since change is singular, we need is.

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24 Sep 2016, 13:08
Rephrasing the choices will help visualising the correct answer. Rephrasing option C.
Change for the better is among the various factors that foster innovative accomplishments that signifies disruption of the routine, deviation from the normal and redirection from the past.

Change is singular so signifies should be used which is singular.

Eg :
The dog chases the cat.
...Singular .. Singular
The dogs chase the cat.
...plural .. plural
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19 Jan 2017, 18:13
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Hi. I really cannot understand the use of 'is' after accomplishments. Please elaborate, TIA.
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20 Jan 2017, 16:29
sidoknowia wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
sidoknowia wrote:

Hi,
There is slight difference in the example you gave and the given sentence
among the best cricket players in the world is sachin......this is perfectly valid, since the best is singuliar
among the various cricket players in the world is sachin ? ...........this changes meaning

Am I missing something?
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I am not very clear about your point. The examples that Chetan gave are perfectly alright - both sentences are examples of subject-verb flip (i.e. the verb comes before the subject).

Sentence 1:
Sachin IS among the......
Flip: Among the ..... IS Sachin. (subject: Sachin, verb: is - singular)

Sachin and Saurav ARE among the......
Flip: Among the ..... ARE Sachin and Saurav. (subject: Sachin and Saurav, verb: are - plural)

It does not matter what follows "among the....".

Hi,
My point is in the 1st sentence, we are using is, while in 2nd sentence we are using are
The correct answer, uses is, while factors is plural. I'm unable to understand that discrepancy.
And if we take change as subject, then use of is seems like we are asking a question, which changes meaning
example : among the various cricket players in the world is sachin..... ?

If you would like to form an interrogative sentence (question) it would be: Is Sachin among the various cricket players in the world?
The sentence "Among the various cricket players in the world is Sachin" is a valid declarative sentence (statement) - Sachin is the subject. Flipping subject and verb does not necessarily form a question sentence - the verb has to come at the beginning of the sentence for a question sentence (yes/ no type).

Similarly "change" is the subject (singular), and hence the verb "is" (singular) is correct. "Factors" cannot be the subject because it is within the prepositional phrase "Among the various factors that foster innovative accomplishments".
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20 Jan 2017, 16:34
Acegmat800 wrote:
I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Hi. I really cannot understand the use of 'is' after accomplishments. Please elaborate, TIA.

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30 Jan 2017, 03:27
I think this is a high-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. Why "factors" is not the Subject in this case?
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01 Feb 2017, 13:11
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I think this is a high-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. Why "factors" is not the Subject in this case?

https://gmatclub.com/forum/v08-202856-20.html#p1792495
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31 Jul 2017, 22:03
E. Among the various factors that foster innovative accomplishments are changes for the better that signifies disruption of the routine, deviation from the normal and redirection from the past

In option E, there is no S-V agreement for "changes" and "are". The word change has been changed to plural verb "changes" followed by "are" which I believe is right. But yes, I agree “changes that signifies” is a S-V mismatch.

Am I right?
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02 Aug 2017, 05:41
I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation. Good Question. Nice twist from a commonly tested rule - one of the Xs (chairs) that are Y (broken) v/s one of the Xs (chairs) is Y (broken).
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25 Nov 2017, 02:40
Terrific question. Until I split the two sentences, I didn't realize. It is like a camouflage. I got it correct!
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26 Dec 2017, 21:53
Hello souvik101990

Edit Suggestion V08-03:
For 2 or more items we should have
X, Y, and Z [with the last comma]

However, in this question we have
X, Y and Z [with a missing comma]

Thanks
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26 Dec 2017, 22:47
Shouldn’t it be ‘signify a , b and c’?

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16 Jan 2018, 07:08

Among the various factors that foster innovative accomplishments, change for the better signifies disruption of the routine, deviation from the normal and redirection from the past

I just removed "is" and "that"
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27 Feb 2018, 05:08
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I think the more confounding piece to this question -- which isn't super clear from the wording or the explanation -- is whether everything after "innovative accomplishments..." is a list of the "various factors" or whether it's just ONE factor: change for the better. I personally read it as "among the various factors...are...change, deviation, and redirection," in which case ARE is the appropriate verb.
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