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# A group of sudents who have begun to clean up Frederick Law

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14 Aug 2014, 23:33
KapTeacherEli wrote:
The solution has been properly explained, but someone earlier mentioned how "have" was there instead of "has" indicating plurality.

The subject of the sentence is "A group," which means the sentence must be correct with all descriptive phrases cut out. "A group...believes that..." is clearly correct. That leaves the descriptive phrase to be selfcontained, however. In "students who have," the "have" is describing the students who make up the group, not the group itself, and thus is correct. Don't let the mix of plurality and singularity mislead you!

I am one of those who was misled. Picking the right marker is essential to a SC problem. That being said, it appears to be even more critical to identify the FAKE markers
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19 Jul 2016, 18:29
"a group of students" is singular so requires singular verb form 'believes'.
only A and C remains. in C 'could' is wrong so anly A remains.

IMO A.
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19 Jul 2016, 18:30
"a group of students" is singular so requires singular verb form 'believes'.
only A and C remains. in C 'could' is wrong so only A remains.

IMO A.
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31 Jul 2016, 02:53
apsg wrote:
How " A group of Students " is considered singular?
Consider these statements:
a] A number of students
b] The number of students

In the above statements which is singular and which is plural?

a) A number of students are... --> Plural

b) The number of students is... --> Singular

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13 Sep 2016, 11:12
AR2010 wrote:
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
The only possible correct answer choices to this problem are A and D. The idiom not X but Y requires parallelism between X and Y.

......the singular form.

I think that here the correct answer choice is A because all the group believe the same thing so the author emphasizes on the group.

.........

Kaplan GMAT has the same exact question and they give the answer to be A. The explanation says that the subject is "group". So then, shouldn't the sentence be " A group of students who has begun......". I am confused......or I need to learn basic grammar.

The subject in this sentence is indeed the "group" which is not plural. Hence 'A' is the right option.
Coming to your doubt, let me tell you that the phrase "who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City" actually speaks about the students and not the group of students
Try reading the sentence without the phrase "who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City"

"A group of students believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition."
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23 Sep 2016, 06:57
I chose A.
And here is the explaination
Correct me if I am wrong..
For Phrases like A group of people, A pack of cards we use singular verbs hence the verb believes will be used.
Now to eliminate between A and C not to is parallel to but to
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14 Nov 2017, 04:07
the question does test an important concept of subject-verb agreement in gmat. Actually, in the question, a similar pattern comes out to play.
There are some questions that contain such same pattern.
the pattern is a group of + singular , but "students" + "have"
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