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In the last three years, the number of traffic fatalities due to DUI (driving under the influence) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have decreased as a result of an aggressive public service campaign.

A) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
B) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
C) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has
D) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
E) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has
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30 Aug 2011, 23:27
C i believe:

the number is singular, so "has" is correct.
WHICH DESCRIBES the infractions i think and shouls be 'are'
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31 Aug 2011, 01:19
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C i believe:

the number is singular, so "has" is correct.
WHICH DESCRIBES the infractions i think and shouls be 'are'

why not E...infraction....is
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31 Aug 2011, 01:48
E

number (singular) due to sth. (Singular), which is (singular)..., has (singular)
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31 Aug 2011, 02:17
THE "NUMBER" IS CAUSED (DOES NOT MAKE SENSE) OR THE "INFACTIONS" ARE CAUSED?

I BELIEVE THAT THE "WHICH CASUED" DESCRIBES THE INFRACTIONS AND THEREFORE "ARE"
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31 Aug 2011, 02:44
C it is !! i agree with the explanation of fluke
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01 Sep 2011, 08:47
I'm confused by the answer choices. C and E both make sense to me OA and source please..
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01 Sep 2011, 13:13
E doesn't make logical sense. How can one infraction cause a number of traffic fatalities in the last three years?
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In the last three years, the number of traffic fatalities due to DUI (driving under the influence) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have decreased as a result of an aggressive public service campaign.

A) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
B) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
C) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has
D) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
E) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has

Why E is incorrect? We need to look for the non-underlined part..

"traffic fatalities" is plural and are caused by many DUI infractions no a single DUI infraction. Therefore "traffic fatalities" should be followed by "DUI infractions". E is missing this one. So it is incorrect.

A) is incorrect for incorrect verbs "is" and "have"
B) is incorrect for incorrect verb "have"
C) is correct for correct verbs "is" and "has"
D) is incorrect for incorrect verbs "is" and "have"
E) is incorrect for incorrect verb "is"
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02 Sep 2011, 01:21
completely agree with fluke on the explanation of why the answer is not E. My choice is C.
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02 Sep 2011, 13:50
We need has with singular the number so left with C and E.

E uses is we need are for infractions.

So, C.
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02 Oct 2011, 11:29
bschool83 wrote:
In the last three years, the number of traffic fatalities due to DUI (driving under the influence) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have decreased as a result of an aggressive public service campaign.

A) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
B) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
C) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has
D) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
E) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has

C is correct, because the number of is singular, and because infractionS, which ARE is ok
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03 Oct 2011, 14:53
here the subject is the number.......at a closer look is simple, otherwise this question can become tricky.

number ----------> singular--------> has

E is out because is ackward......hence C is the answer.

Hope is clear.
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05 Oct 2011, 03:58
I say C, is OA available to anybody ?
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05 Oct 2011, 07:12
IMO C. Also this is not a 700 level question.
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05 Oct 2011, 10:29
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IMO C. Also this is not a 700 level question.

I 'm not agree

if you don't see the subject..........you will go astray......is tricky
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05 Oct 2011, 18:39
C. infractions - are. The Number - has
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06 Oct 2011, 08:29
The Number... is singular.... has
Infractions... is plural....are
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01 Nov 2011, 21:42
bschool83 wrote:
In the last three years, the number of traffic fatalities due to DUI (driving under the influence) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have decreased as a result of an aggressive public service campaign.

A) infractions, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
B) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
C) infractions, which are usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has
D) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, have
E) infraction, which is usually caused by an abuse of alcohol, has

C all the way dude. Nice question on SV agreement.
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The answer is C, I believe. The number "has" decreased, and the fatalities "were" caused by...
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