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A Labor Department study states that the numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase in the past decade and accounted for more than sixty-two percent of the total growth in the civilian work force.


(A) numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase

(B) numbers of women employed outside the home grew more than thirty-five percent

(C) numbers of women employed outside the home were raised by more than thirty-five percent

(D) number of women employed outside the home increased by more than thirty-five percent

(E) number of women employed outside the home was raised by more than a thirty-five percent increase


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"The numbers of" is always wrong in GMAT. Option"E" is having redundancy. The meaning of "Raise" & "Increase" are same.

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The number of = Singular
A number of = Plural


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(D)

(A) numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase
(B) numbers of women employed outside the home grew more than thirty-five percent
(C) numbers of women employed outside the home were raised by more than thirty-five percent
(D) number of women employed outside the home increased by more than thirty-five percent --> CORRECT
(E) number of women employed outside the home was raised by more than a thirty-five percent increase
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numbers of women this is a wrong construction in B
also increased by more than thirty-five percent as in D is a perfect construction
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numbers of women this is a wrong construction in B
also increased by more than thirty-five percent as in D is a perfect construction


Thanks Neha ... I fail to see the " numbers" in A,B,and C options :roll:

Isn't "was" necessary in "B" .. like "was increased by" ?
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Isn't was necessary in "B" .. like "was increased by" ?


no that wud be wrong !!
because it wud give a notion as if some one is increasing this number ,as if it is a perfunctory function .that meaning wud be nonsensical
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4.A Labor Department study states that the numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase in the past decade and accounted for more than sixty-two percent of the total growth in the civilian work force.

(A) numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase
(B) numbers of women employed outside the home grew more than thirty-five percent
(C) numbers of women employed outside the home were raised by more than thirty-five percent
(D) number of women employed outside the home increased by more than thirty-five percent
(E) number of women employed outside the home was raised by more than a thirty-five percent increase

Why not "B" the correct answer ?


Hi kabilank87,

In the construction "The number of" is almost always preferred over "the numbers of". Moreover, "the number of" is singular; on the other hand "a number of" is plural.

The number of people doing internship in non-profit is greater than that in finance. - the focus here is on the number. In comparisons usually "the number of is used".

A number of people are now doing internship in non-profit, previously, they used to prefer finance - the focus here is on the people. Note that no explicit comparison is being made in this sentence

Instance where "numbers" is correct:

The fact that professionals are not preferring Finance as a career is false, their numbers in this industry are steadily increasing since last five years.

kabilank87 wrote:
Isn't was necessary in "B" .. like "was increased by" ?


If we use "was" in D, then it will make it a passive construction, which is not preferred until it is necessary for the meaning of the sentence.

For example:

The number of women employed outside the home was increased by the introduction of new law that made it mandatory for companies to have 50% of their workforce as women.

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(A) numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase Wrong - "numbers" is not appropriate for noun "women"; "more than...increase" is redundant.

(B) numbers of women employed outside the home grew more than thirty-five percent Wrong - "numbers", same reason as above; "grew" is not idiomatic for percentages.

(C) numbers of women employed outside the home were raised by more than thirty-five percent Wrong - "numbers", same reason as above; passive construction creates an illogical meaning and signifies that women were raised by percentages.

(D) number of women employed outside the home increased by more than thirty-five percent Correct - "more than" modifies "increased"

(E) number of women employed outside the home was raised by more than a thirty-five percent increase Wrong - "more than...increase" is redundant.

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A Labor Department study states that the numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase in the past decade and accounted for more than sixty-two percent of the total growth in the civilian work force.
(A) numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase - the numbers of is incorrect and grew by more than ..increase is redundant
(B) numbers of women employed outside the home grew more than thirty-five percent - the numbers of is incorrect
(C) numbers of women employed outside the home were raised by more than thirty-five percent - the numbers of is incorrect
(D) number of women employed outside the home increased by more than thirty-five percent - Correct
(E) number of women employed outside the home was raised by more than a thirty-five percent increase - redundancy - raised and increase

Answer D
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A Labor Department study states that the numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase in the past decade and accounted for more than sixty-two percent of the total growth in the civilian work force.

(A) numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase
(B) numbers of women employed outside the home grew more than thirty-five percent
(C) numbers of women employed outside the home were raised by more than thirty-five percent
(D) number of women employed outside the home increased by more than thirty-five percent
(E) number of women employed outside the home was raised by more than a thirty-five percent increase

A - A numbers of is incorrect - It should be "number of"
B - A numbers of is incorrect - It should be "number of"
C - A numbers of is incorrect - It should be "number of"
D - Correct
E - were raised passive voice and "increase" after raised is redundant
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