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# Over the last few decades, the average number of children

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Over the last few decades, the average number of children that families in the developing world decide to have have decreased significantly, as many people have chosen to limit the size of their families in order to accumulate more wealth and raise their standard of living.

A have decreased significantly, as many people have chosen to limit the size of their families
B have decreased significantly, as many people choose to limit the size of his family
C has decreased significantly, as many people have chosen to limit the size of his family
D has decreased significantly, as many people have chosen to limit the size of their families
E decreases significantly, as many people have chosen to limit the size of their families

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01 Mar 2004, 14:52
Another VOte for D...Average number is singular and so needs singular "has"
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02 Mar 2004, 09:17
D is the correct answer. This is both a Subject-Verb Agreement and a Pronoun problem. First, we know that it is a Subject-Verb problem because the verb changes from plural to singular in the answer choices (have decreased and have decreased). The subject of the sentence is number, which is singular, so we can eliminate A and B. The other major change is his or their, and since ,em>people is plural, we can discard his, and therefore answer choice C as well.

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