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# With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore

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With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.
(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract
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11 Sep 2012, 09:39
Here, there are two problems with the original sentence.
1. Correct idiom is "looking at"
2. Subject cleveland is singular

CL 1 > With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land,
CL 2> Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes
CL 3> that is looking to its waterfront
CL 4> as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract

jitgoel wrote:
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract >> wrong
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract >> Correct
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract >> Wrong
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting >> Wrong
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract >> Subject Cleveland singular. So, "are" is incorrect.

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Here, there are two problems with the original sentence.
1. Correct idiom is "looking at"
2. Subject cleveland is singular

I think it should be E.

I definitely agree with 1.
I disagree with 2.

Let's dissect this phrase "Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that" and determine what "that" is referring to.

Cleveland = subject, is = verb.
One of a large number of = quantity adjectives/modifier (not sure what this should be called)
communities = subject, on the Great Lakes = modifier for the subject (communities)

So notice how communities do not have a verb. Thus the next verb, should be a plural to match communities.
And "that" should be referring to "communities".

IMO this should be a 700+ question.
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11 Sep 2012, 12:14
I think that the entire phrase "but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes" acts as a modifier for the subject Cleveland; therefore, Cleveland is the subject of the restrictive clause.

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13 Sep 2012, 12:22
In this sentence, Cleveland, a singular sub is referred, so 'is' should be used? Please clarify. Many thanks.
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I think that the entire phrase "but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes" acts as a modifier for the subject Cleveland; therefore, Cleveland is the subject of the restrictive clause.

I am torn bw b and e but more leaning towards B for the explanation quoted.
My only question is if we take out the restrictive clause, we have "Cleveland is one that is looking out .....".

Does this makes sense grammatically?
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14 Sep 2012, 08:59
Cathy8630 wrote:
Breezy1122 wrote:
I think that the entire phrase "but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes" acts as a modifier for the subject Cleveland; therefore, Cleveland is the subject of the restrictive clause.

I am torn bw b and e but more leaning towards B for the explanation quoted.
My only question is if we take out the restrictive clause, we have "Cleveland is one that is looking out .....".

Does this makes sense grammatically?

Based on what I got from Manhattan, I thought the noun in the "of" phrase (object of the preposition) determines whether to use a singular or plural verb. None of the garbage was picked up vs None of the sentences were punctuated correctly.

So I don't think you can remove "one of a large number of communities..."
But I may be wrong. What is the OA?
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14 Sep 2012, 09:22
jitgoel wrote:
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.
(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

Can you please post the OA and Official Explanation?
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14 Sep 2012, 11:02
D for me. the pronouns used are in order and the parallelism is maintained(if this is a trap, i took the bait).OA please
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In this question, we want 'looking to', as the cities are looking to their waterfronts to help out (the cities are not literally viewing their waterfronts, the way 'looking at' implies). So we can get rid of (B) and (E). Next, we have 'but one...large number...communities that'. Because the relative clause is modifying communities, we want the plural form, 'are' and the plural pronoun 'their', which leaves us with (C).
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15 Sep 2012, 04:52
With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

we need plural verb here so A and B ruled out

in C,D and E
'D' is out same pronoun agreement 'its'

in C and E
in E
<== A large number of communities are looking to their waterfront as way they can improve.....
E implies ==> just by looking at waterfront they can improve.........

Only C is correct
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15 Sep 2012, 05:41
I have got this question wrong. Can anyone please explain what is the antecedent of the pronoun 'that' in this sentence?
I am really confused with this sentence.

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With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract

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15 Sep 2012, 06:12
premnath wrote:
I have got this question wrong. Can anyone please explain what is the antecedent of the pronoun 'that' in this sentence?
I am really confused with this sentence.

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With its plan to develop seven and a half acres of shore land, Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses.

(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract

A large number of communities

In S-V agreement in "A large number of X"

look at 'X' whether its singular and plural and accordingly use singular and plural verb.
here "A large number of communities" <== needs plural verb.

Another way is which i use:-

A large number of communities....................are looking....(skip in between stuff and read the sentence whether its making sense)
maybe you have mistaken 'Cleveland' as subject if i am not wrong?
if you have then apply same rule.
Cleveland......are looking....<== these implication does not make sense.
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15 Sep 2012, 06:21
ChrisLele wrote:
In this question, we want 'looking to', as the cities are looking to their waterfronts to help out (the cities are not literally viewing their waterfronts, the way 'looking at' implies). So we can get rid of (B) and (E). Next, we have 'but one...large number...communities that'. Because the relative clause is modifying communities, we want the plural form, 'are' and the plural pronoun 'their', which leaves us with (C).

suppose i have no clue about the correct idiom,How to ensure that relative clause "that" is modifying communities not Cleveland
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