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

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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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First thing: looking at is wrong; we say look at only when we look at something physically; On the contrary, looking to means hoping to. Second, the subject is definitely the plural communities; hence the verb should be ‘are’ and not ‘is’.

(A) is looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract -- wrong as per the second point
(B) is looking at its waterfront to improve the quality of urban life and attract – wrong as per the first point
(C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract—correct choice
(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting – are looking to its--- pronoun agreement error.
(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract – Wrong as per point 1.
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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

I choose option C.

We need "that are" because the "that" is referring to "communities. So we're left with options C, D, and E. D must be eliminated because it uses "its", which is wrong because it's suppose to refer to "communities." Between options C and E, I pick C because I find it more concise than option E.

C, IMO. Clearly A and B are out because of is looking

among C,D and E, D is out. are looking to its is erroneous.

C and E. Well, in E, you have looking at and in C, you have looking to.

What are you looking at? I am looking at this wall painting -- check the intention of the usage of looking at. The usage is clearly not suited for this SC statement; you just look at something as in 'You are looking at somebody improve something'

What are you doing? I am looking to improve my GMAT verbal. You can't look at improving your GMAT verbal!

so it is C
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prinits 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

I choose option C.

We need "that are" because the "that" is referring to "communities. So we're left with options C, D, and E. D must be eliminated because it uses "its", which is wrong because it's suppose to refer to "communities." Between options C and E, I pick C because I find it more concise than option E.
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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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20 Jun 2013, 23:37

(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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(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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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 --- 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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03 Sep 2014, 08:11
Hi Guys, can someone please explain 2 quick things to me

1. Why is Cleveland not the subject, hence the use of it? or is this one of those "addictives cannot from a compound subject" scenario?
2. "looking to their waterfronts to improve" vs. "looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract" - the former seems to suggest that the "Waterfront" will improve the quality of urban life?? That can't be logically correct? The option in choice E is wordy

I am probably missing something

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1. Why is Cleveland not the subject, hence the use of it? or is this one of those "addictives cannot from a compound subject" scenario?

Basically the meaning of the sentence is:

There are large number of communities (on the Great Lakes) that are looking to their waterfronts; Cleveland is but one of them.

In fact, the above subject-verb agreement pattern is pretty much consistent across all such sentence structures; the one exception to this arises from the word only. So, if this sentence used only, then the sentence would be:

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

anyibuofu wrote:
2. "looking to their waterfronts to improve" vs. "looking to its waterfront as a way to improve the quality of urban life and attract" - the former seems to suggest that the "Waterfront" will improve the quality of urban life?? That can't be logically correct?

Not necessarily. For example: Peter uses stick to walk clearly does not mean that the stick walks.
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GMAT do test the agreement in the pattern

ONE OF THE NOUNS WHICH ARE

I think this point is hard and purely grammatically. this point require remembering more thang meaning analysis
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22 Aug 2015, 22:03
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He is one of the many who have scored a century.

Have is a plural verb. Many is making the subject plural. Similarly, Cleveland is one the many communities is to be followed by a plural verb. This eliminated A,B.

C) are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract Example, I am looking forward to GMAT to get my life on track

(D) are looking to its waterfront as a way of improving the quality of urban life and attracting its is a wrong pronoun for a plural subject. Hence, eliminate D

(E) are looking at their waterfronts as a way they can improve the quality of urban life and attract
as a way by which is correct usage. But, that still makes the statement loose meaning

Hence C
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04 Nov 2015, 19:25
My pick was B
Please correct me if i am wrong. "That'' before the underlined sentence is a demonstrative pronoun. So it should be followed by 'is' because that is singular.Had it been referring to communities it should be 'those' instead of 'that' because 'that' is always singular and 'those' is plural.

Why cant Cleveland be considered as collective noun so that it can be used as singular.
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Relative pronoun ‘which’ when preceded by a comma, has some freedom to refer to a noun farther than the preceding one. The pronoun ‘that’ does not enjoy such a freedom. It can only refer to the noun it touches. That is why it is called a restrictive pronoun. In this case, communities are the correct referent.

Between ‘that and those’: Can you replace ‘those’ in the place of ‘that’ and see how it works? This is how the choice C will be:
Cleveland is but one of a large number of communities on the Great Lakes those are looking to their waterfronts to improve the quality of urban life and attract new businesses. --- Does this make any meaning?

Another reason is that, ‘that’ is also a subordinate conjunction that connects the subordinate clause to the main clause, while ‘those’ is not a conjunction.

In addition, relative pronouns assume the characteristics of the noun they touch in terms of number and gender.

You said something about Cleveland being used as a collective noun. I assume that you probably meant the ‘communities’ to be used as a collective noun. When we say ‘community’, that can be termed a collective noun, because ‘community, includes the various members that belong to the said single community. But when you say communities, then it does refer to the various countable communities that are part of those communities. Same as in fish and fishes.

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My pick was B
Please correct me if i am wrong. "That'' before the underlined sentence is a demonstrative pronoun. So it should be followed by 'is' because that is singular.Had it been referring to communities it should be 'those' instead of 'that' because 'that' is always singular and 'those' is plural.

Why cant Cleveland be considered as collective noun so that it can be used as singular.

Responding to a pm:

"that" acts as a relative pronoun here. Its antecedent is "a large number of communities" which is plural and hence it takes a plural verb "are". You cannot use "those" as a relative pronoun.

Take some simple examples. The relative pronouns are underlined.

She is one of the those people who love singing.
We have many board games that require logical reasoning.

The antecedents of who and that are plural.

Which is better?
She is one of the those people who love singing.
She is one of the those people who loves singing.

Is statement 2 correct? Wouldn't we say: "She is a person who loves singing" instead of "She is one of the those people who loves singing"
What is the point of introducing "those people" if we are not going to talk about them? The sentence is not sensible.

In our original sentence, the relative clause "that are looking to their waterfronts ..." modifies "a large number of communities" which is the same as "many communities".
Cleveland is just one of those communities that are looking to...
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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

Hey DmitryFarber and abhimahna , could you please help me understand the difference between "looking to" and "looking at".
I am tied up between E and C.
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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

Hey DmitryFarber and abhimahna , could you please help me understand the difference between "looking to" and "looking at".
I am tied up between E and C.

Hi there,

Both the usages are different on the basis of the implied meaning. As per the previous discussions, I am just reiterating which use is correct in which context,

Looking At : when you are looking at something physically
For Example, I am looking at the beautiful picture on the mobile phone.

Looking To : Trying to or Hoping to. For Example,
I am looking to improve my overall timing in GMAT. - Correct
I am looking at improving my overall timing in GMAT. - InCorrect

Hope that makes sense?

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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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That works as a relative pronoun for communities, so plural verbs are required.
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Please explain the concept of 'one' when to use 'are' and 'is' ?
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