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# With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of

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With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English
(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English
(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation
(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English

Plz do explain .

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29 May 2004, 13:36
With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.

(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English - Correct form. Is is the correct one as it is singular. When you encounter ONE OF SEVERAL etc... then it takes a singular noun. The sentence is coincise and grammatically correct.

(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English - ARE is wrong. Hence Wrong

(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English - insertion of WHEN BEING, is wrong.

(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation - ARE is wrong. Hence Wrong

(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English - it is understood that IT referes to Germanic language. Additional IT in the sentence is wordy and unneccessary. Hence wrong.

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29 May 2004, 18:02
Carsen I marked the same answer but the given answer is D.
It is a question in SC885 , a SC material posted by bigB

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29 May 2004, 18:29
I would choose between B and D. B is very lengthy but D also has a problem
English translation
If this is not a problem then D is concise.

one of + plural noun + pural modifier

One thing you have to remember is that that modifies what it is close to when it is used as a restrictive clause.

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29 May 2004, 20:32
Does the rule applies for all modifiers like that, which etc. or it applies to only 'That'

Anyway thanks for the explaination.

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30 May 2004, 18:04
Hi I think A is correct.

I believe this question is from the collection of GMAt+. Some of the answers provided are wrong, so please becareful. Do not take the answers for granted and end up rationalising the them.

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30 May 2004, 18:12
Just another info for anyone.

one of.... is followed by plural nouns/pronouns, but becareful that the verb is always singular (one).

http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/plurals.htm

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The word following the phrase one of the (as an object of the preposition of) will always be plural.

One of the reasons we do this is that it rains a lot in spring.
One of the students in this room is responsible.

Notice, though, that the verb ("is") agrees with one, which is singular, and not with the object of the preposition, which is always plural.

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31 May 2004, 14:20
D is correct

A hammer is one of the tools that are made by XYZ
that refers to tools

The hammer is the only one of all these tools that is made by XYZ
that refers to one

Between B and D - D is more compact

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