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A growing number of the decisions made at federal, state, and local levels involves technical judgments that much of the electorate is unable knowledgeably to challenge.

    (A) involves technical judgments that much of the electorate is unable knowledgeably to challenge
    (B) involves technical judgments unable to be challenged knowledgeably by much of the electorate
    (C) involves technical judgments that cannot be challenged knowledgeably by much of the electorate
    (D) involve technical judgments that much of the electorate cannot knowledgeably challenge
    (E) involve technical judgments incapable of being knowledgeably challenged by much of the electorate

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I am not sure why it is not C especially since it is the best answer with S/V agreement since "number" is the subject and "to involve" is the main verb.
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hi,

If you see the sentence is like A number of decisions so the verb has to be plural hence involve fit the best so the answer is D

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Hi, The subject in the sentence is "A number" and hence it requires a plural verb..Verb in the sentence is "involves" which should be changed "involve"..this eliminates A,B & C options..We ended up with D & E Options,among them we can observe that E is little bit wordy and also we can observe "that" is referring to plural noun "judgements" and hence it should require plural verb "challenge" which is correctly placed in the sentence. Hence D is OA.
Please correct me, if my explanation is wrong.

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I am not sure why it is not C especially since it is the best answer with S/V agreement since "number" is the subject and "to involve" is the main verb.


In sentence correction questions, the first thing that I prefer to do is a vertical scan of all the answer options. Most of the time you will able to find a 2/3 split among these 5 options.

Here you can see that we can split the options into two groups.
1 group containing 3 options with the verb "involves" (A, B and C).
And the second group containing 2 options with the verb "involve" (D and E).

If you are able to do a 2/3 split then this will help you in eliminating the wrong options fast.
As "A growing number of the decisions" is a plural subject and its matching plural verb "involve" is present only in options D and E. So at this point we can instantly eliminate A, B and C.

Out of D and E, E is wordy and awkward. Moreover GMAT doesn't prefer the use of being.

Hence the only option available is D.
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Okay, my mistake was that I assumed that "number" is singular, but it seems to be generally plural at least according to Grammar Monster.
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Okay, my mistake was that I assumed that "number" is singular, but it seems to be generally plural at least according to Grammar Monster.


"The number" is always singular
"A number" is always plural.
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Two splits:
1. A number of followed by compound subjects...thus the verb should be plural 'involve' instead of singular 'involves'. This eliminates A, B, and C.
2. 'knowledgeably challenge' ...the decisions are not incapable of knowledgeably challenging, the electorates are, hence option D.
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