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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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).

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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(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

Is this incorrect because it is a run-on sentence. Or whether it has an issue with using "as a way"

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21 Jun 2013, 00:47
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(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract

Is this incorrect because it is a run-on sentence. Or whether it has an issue with using "as a way"

Hi btg9788

E has two problems:

(1) Idiom "as a way".
The correct usage are "as a way to do some thing" or "as a way of doing something"
However, E uses "as a way they can ....." that is not idiomatic.

(2) "Look at" vs "Look to"

"Looking at" is a physical action. For example, I'm looking at you.
So, "look at their waterfront as a way" is not correct. You cannot physically look at something as a way to do something.

"Look to" means "expect to get help" or "hope". So, it conveys correct meaning.
For example: He looks to me to help improve his company sales figures. ==> He hopes I can help him improve his company sales.

C is correct. The structure is "looking to X to do Y.....and do Z..."

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18 Sep 2013, 03:11
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.

"is but one" implies that it is part, but not all of the communities, so it is plural. We can discard A+B on this basis. The possesive pronoun must be "their" (plural) not it's (singular) so we can disgard D.

Chosing between C and E: In E what is the antecendant of "they" communties or waterfronts. So the only answer left is C

(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
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Among so many rules for S-V , this sentence is exception

When discussing fractions or percentages, always get the verb to agree with the subject after the preposition. This is an exception to the preposition rule discussed earlier.
e.g. Half of the money is stolen
e.g. Half of the books are stolen

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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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Cleveland is but one of a "large number of communities" so we use "are".
are looking to x to improve a and b.

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Option D is correct: "....communities that are looking to its (Great lake`s) waterland... ".
"Look to" - means take interest in something. So, use of "to" after look is correct.

One question: does GMAT asks questions based on phrasal verbs?? Those questions could be difficult and confusing.
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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 --- Subject - Verb error.
B. is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract --- Subject verb error.
C. are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract --- Right answer.
D. are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting --- pronoun its is not right.
E. are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract --- looking at changes meaning-- rest of the sentence is wordy.

looking to VS looking at.
looking to implies look forward in metaphorical sense.
looking at implies looking literally at something.
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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 --- Subject - Verb error.
B. is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract --- Subject verb error.
C. are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract --- Right answer.
D. are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting --- pronoun its is not right.
E. are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract --- looking at changes meaning-- rest of the sentence is wordy.

looking to VS looking at.
looking to implies look forward in metaphorical sense.
looking at implies looking literally at something.

Thank you for the explanation, but i have a doubt.
Why "its" in option D cant refer Great Lakes (a place) ? Kindly reply.
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Thank you for the explanation, but i have a doubt.

Why "its" in option D cant refer Great Lakes (a place) ? Kindly reply.

Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes that are looking to its waterfront.

D implies that all these communities are looking at Cleveland's waterfront, but desired meaning is their respective waterfront. That's the reason its in D is not right.
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