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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.

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30 Jun 2009, 09:52
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.

I think A is the answer. We have to use 'is' here because we are talking about icelandic language that is singular. And that eliminates D and B. Out A,C, and E- A is the concise and idiomatically correct one (translated into is correct)

What is the OA?
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30 Jun 2009, 11:39
sanoasis wrote:
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.

I think (A) is the best.

The subject is singular (ONE of...), so the verb "are" is incorrect. This eliminates B & D. I find C & E to be wordy and not parallel.
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30 Jun 2009, 11:49
i think it is D

Though the author is talking about icelandic, he is saying that it is one of THE SEVERAL LANGUAGES that are

the verb should go with "THE SEVERAL LANGUAGES", not only icelandic,

Amongst B and D, D is more concise, which is always a preference for Gmat

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30 Jun 2009, 12:09
I would go for A. This uses singular "is" which it refers to icelandic language and use of " into english" is correct.
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30 Jun 2009, 21:37
I am going with D on this one. "one of several Germanic languages" represents plural so "are" is required. Between B and D, D is more concise.
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30 Jun 2009, 23:12
Certainly D.

The subject is "several Germanic languages", so we should use plural form. The characteristic "compact when written.. etc" describes "several Germanic languages", and "Icelandic" is one of these several languages.

e.g.
David is one of the students who are responsible. Plural. This means, there is a group of students who are responsible, and David is one of them.

David is one of the students, who is responsible. Singular. This would incorrectly mean that David is a student, and he is the only person responsible. Doesn't mean a group of students is responsible.
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30 Jun 2009, 23:29
IMO A...Icelandic is subject ..so we should use "is"....
'translated into' seems more correct than "translated in".....
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01 Jul 2009, 00:41
D IMO
As I know there is a following rule:
one of the students is bright ( singular verb)
but
He is one of the students that are bright ( if the plural noun is accompanied by 'that' we use plural verb)
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01 Jul 2009, 05:04
D

you need plural

he is one of the few men who are capable

you were talking about a man when you said 'he' but you included him to a group when you said 'one of the few men'. So now you are talking about few men and you have to use are!
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Is this okay?

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01 Jul 2009, 09:28
One of the several languages. Verb shud be plural

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