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According to a recent study by Rutgers University, the number of women in state legislatures has grown in every election since 1968.
(A) the number of women in state legislatures has grown
(B) the number of women who are in state legislatures have grown
(C) there has been growth in the number of women in state legislatures
(D) a growing number of women have been in state legislatures
(E) women have been growing in number in state legislatures
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New post 26 Aug 2005, 09:43
Nothing wrong with A.

In fact all the other choices, change the original meaning of the sentence. Also, the number of women... has grown, is correct.
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New post 26 Aug 2005, 10:07
Not sure about A.
Should not the tense used be present continous rather than simple past???
Even though in passive voice, I guess, C sounds correct.

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I thought C too..but it seems to suggest "there has been growth in number of women" as in they have grown something....

So i will go with A...
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A for me too.

is it true that "THE number of X" is singular whereas "A number of Y" is plural?
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The number + noun: singular verb
One more vote for A coz it is clear and concise

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According to a recent study by Rutgers University, the number of women in state legislatures has grown in every election since 1968.
(A) the number of women in state legislatures has grown
(B) the number of women who are in state legislatures have grown
(C) there has been growth in the number of women in state legislatures
(D) a growing number of women have been in state legislatures
(E) women have been growing in number in state legislatures
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OA is A
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Hi, I have a question regarding the tense of "has grown". Is "has been growing" a wrong way to say the same thing?
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Hi, I have a question regarding the tense of "has grown". Is "has been growing" a wrong way to say the same thing?


The number -------> Has grown ( Correct S-V issue )

Has been growing is Present Perfect Continuous tense which is not preferred here...

Please go through this link to revise the concept on Present Perfect Continuous

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pre ... nuous.html

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According to the question the sentences "every election since 1968" and "recent study by university" implies that the activity has started in 1968 but still continuing (AFAIK). So we should use have been/has been right.

Why are we using "has" here? Started in past and continuing in present then we should use present perfect tense right.
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According to the question the sentences "every election since 1968" and "recent study by university" implies that the activity has started in 1968 but still continuing (AFAIK). So we should use have been/has been right.

Why are we using "has" here? Started in past and continuing in present then we should use present perfect tense right.


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According to a recent study by Rutgers University, the number of women in state legislatures has grown in every election since 1968.

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(B) the number of women who are in state legislatures have grown
(C) there has been growth in the number of women in state legislatures
(D) a growing number of women have been in state legislatures
(E) women have been growing in number in state legislatures


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(A) the number of women in state legislatures has grown
– correct. “the number” is singular, has is singular. As "since" is used, the verb tense should be present perfect tense (has/have)
(B) the number of women who are in state legislatures have grown
– “the number” is singular, have is plural. "Who are -> women are" has NO Subject- Verb error
(C) there has been growth in the number of women in state legislatures.
– passive voice, modifier should modify the noun, not there (no antecedent for there). Present perfect continuous tense is not required
(D) a growing number of women have been in state legislatures
– “a number” is singular, have is plural. Present perfect continuous tense is not required
(E) women have been growing in number in state legislatures
– changes meaning, number of women growing and women growing are not same. Present perfect continuous tense is not required

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