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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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30 Apr 2004, 15:15
Ans: C

one of many that are is the usage!
We look to something for possible solution.

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30 Apr 2004, 16:44
shubhangi 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

Hmmm, I choose A. I thought the subject of the sentence was singular. I could be totally wrong about this, but I always thought that the subject of a sentence could not be in a prepositional phrase.
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30 Apr 2004, 16:56
C it is
one of X + verb

If "one" and "X" can perform the action intended by the verb, the verb is conjugated with subject immediately following it --> X(plural form)

An example where you conjugate with the former, singular, subject:
Two members of the committee believe that ...
In above example, the committee cannot perform the action of believing. It is its members who believe, hence, verb "believe" is conjugated in plural form with "two members"
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30 Apr 2004, 17:05
Paul wrote:
C it is
one of X + verb

If "one" and "X" can perform the action intended by the verb, the verb is conjugated with subject immediately following it --> X(plural form)

An example where you conjugate with the former, singular, subject:
Two members of the committee believe that ...
In above example, the committee cannot perform the action of believing. It is its members who believe, hence, verb "are" is conjugated in plural form with "two members"

What if you have one member of the committe? Sorry to keep rehashing this. I think I'm confused now (My only consolation is that I get to use these funny icons!)
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30 Apr 2004, 17:11
then "believes" would be the proper conjugation because "one" is singular. Note though that verb "believing" is not singular because "committe" is singular but because "one" is.

In the original question, both "Cleveland" and "large number of communities" can perform the action of "looking". Hence, "are" is the proper form which conjugates with the immediately preceding subject, "large number of communities"
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30 Apr 2004, 18:38
Hmm... I think I see. So the verb has to be plural to agree with Cleveland and large number of communities.

I think that the of a large number confused me. I disected the sentence and lost track of what was going on

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30 Apr 2004, 18:55
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Hmm... I think I see. So the verb has to be plural to agree with Cleveland and large number of communities.

The verb "are looking" agrees with the immediately preceding subject "large number of communities"
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30 Apr 2004, 21:10
but it says that Cleavland in one but large communities.. so it is mentioning jsut cleavland and its singular..is it not?
my guess was A .. but the OA is C ......i totally disagree.. with it
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30 Apr 2004, 21:14
i know paul explanation is right but ..........
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30 Apr 2004, 21:28
shubhangi 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

A simple rule here shubhangi

one of NOUN (this is always plural) + PLURAL VERB

one of a large number of communities + are

good enough?
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