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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony

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New post 29 May 2020, 03:12
IMO B

According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

However is an interjection , We must use Comma on both side of it. or after However if it is starting a sentence.

A. years, the number of which will however - - Incorrect - Comma missing before and after however

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will - Correct

C. years, however the amount of colonies will - Incorrect - Colonies - Countable - So amount of incorrect (Used for uncountable nouns)

D. years; the amount of which will, however, - Incorrect - Colonies - Countable - So amount of incorrect (Used for uncountable nouns)

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however, - Incorrect - Colonies - Countable - So amount of incorrect (Used for uncountable nouns)
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

Sentence Error Analysis:

"The rate" acting as the subject with its verb "has slowed" forms Clause 1, which is followed by Clause 2 without proper connection using either ", + FANBOYS" or "semicolon". This form of sentence structure is error nous and falls under the error category type named run on / comma splice error .

Option Analysis:

As per the above stated point, options A, C, E are eliminated.
Option D is incorrect for using "the amount of" with a countable noun "colonies". The correct usage would be "The number of colonies", which option B uses correctly.

Therefore, option B is the correct answer.
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

A. years, the number of which will however - which can point only to "the rate of honeybee colony", this is illogical.

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will - the corrects the error in original sentence and make the sentence logical. Correct

C. years, however the amount of colonies will - colonies is a countable noun, amount of colonies is not correct

D. years; the amount of which will, however, - firstly usage of amount is not correct and secondly which refer to the rate of honeybee colony, this is also not corect.

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however, - no need to when here to refer to the time, this distorts the meaning and use of amount is not correct as colonies is a countable noun.
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

My Answer - B
Fact1-> The number here refers to the decline in honeybee colony. That number is a numeric quantitative term, so using amount for rate / number is not right.
Fact2-> Number of colonies will go down, not the years. Years is referred to in Option A.

A. years, the number of which will however

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will

C. years, however the amount of colonies will

D. years; the amount of which will, however,

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however,
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New post 29 May 2020, 06:30
I would vote for option B

A. Pronoun error - which incorrectly modifies years
C. two clauses cannot be joined by a comma
D. ambiguous pronoun usage in an independent clause
E. when - changes the intended meaning
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

A. years, the number of which will however - REJECT - the structure used here after comma is incorrect . Which is incorrect . we have to talk about THE RATE of colony collapse . However needs comma before and after it .

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will - CORRECT - after semi colon the usage of subject - no. of colonies - again is correct connector and comma has been used properly for however .

C. years, however the amount of colonies will -REJECT - we are not talking about amount . However does not connect independent sentences .

D. years; the amount of which will, however,-REJECT - we need subject after semicolon . we are not talking about any amount .

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however, REJECT - when is a time marker and used incorrectly here . 2 IC can't be connected with when . we are not talking about the amount .
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The answer is B.

According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

Let us first dissect the sentence.

According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years,
the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

The correct idiom is the number of colonies


A. years, the number of which will however
The number of which – It is unclear what which refers to.

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will
This is the correct choice.

C. years, however the amount of colonies will
The amount of colonies is an incorrect idiom


D. years; the amount of which will, however,
The amount of colonies is an incorrect idiom


E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however,
The amount of colonies is an incorrect idiom
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Is it B ?
Meaning :
This sentence is conveying a contrasting information about a prediction .
According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years . However , the the number of colonies will continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.


According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

A. years, the number of which will however

-1. which refers to colony . we need the number of colonies to convey the proper meaning .
-2.Use of semicolon and use of comma before however would have been more clearer sentence structure .. so Out

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will

-- Corrects both the error of choice A .

C. years, however the amount of colonies will

- amount is non-idiomatic to colonies .. since colonies are countable . so out .

D. years; the amount of which will, however,

- amount is non-idiomatic to colonies .. since colonies are countable . so out .


E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however,

- 1. amount is non-idiomatic to colonies .. since colonies are countable . so out .
- 2. Use of when make a unnecessary conditional meaning .. so out ..

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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

A. years, the number of which will however - Incorrect, as the rate of collapse is slowed, then it should be either "number of colonies" or the "rate of which will"

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will - Correct - the sentence, then => that though the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of colonies however, will decrease if nothing changes.

C. years, however the amount of colonies will - Incorrect as colonies is a countable noun, amount should be used for uncountable nouns.

D. years; the amount of which will, however, Incorrect - error same as C.

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however, - Incorrect - error same as C.
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

A. years, the number of which will however- "which" is ambiguous. It must be replaced with the word that it is referring to.

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will- Correct

C. years, however the amount of colonies will- "Amount" is incorrectly used- Use "amount" for uncountable nouns and "number" for countable nouns.

D. years; the amount of which will, however,- "Amount" is incorrectly used- Use "amount" for uncountable nouns and "number" for countable nouns.

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however,- "Amount" is incorrectly used- Use "amount" for uncountable nouns and "number" for countable nouns.
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

Since "colonies" is the countable noun - "The number of" is correct usage. Hence eliminate the options C, D, and E

Out A and B.

In option A, usage of which is incorrect, it is not modifying any noun/pronoun.

The correct answer is B


A. years, the number of which will however - Incorrect

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will - Correct

C. years, however the amount of colonies will - Incorrect

D. years; the amount of which will, however, -Incorrect

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however, - Incorrect
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

A. years, the number of which will however however used incorrectly; which is unclear

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will correct answer

C. years, however the amount of colonies will amount of colonies is unidiomatic

D. years; the amount of which will, however, amount of colonies is unidiomatic

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however, amount of colonies is unidiomatic
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According to U.S. agricultural statistics, the rate of honeybee colony collapse has slowed over the last several years, the number of which will however continue to decrease unless something drastically changes.

A. years, the number of which will however : Which is ambiguous here, it can refer to the honeybee colony, the rate, or the statistics - Incorrect

B. years; the number of colonies, however, will - Correct

C. years, however the amount of colonies will : Colonies is countable so "amount" is wrongly used - Incorrect

D. years; the amount of which will, however, : Colonies is countable so "amount" is wrongly used; "which" is ambiguous- Incorrect

E. years, when the amount of the colonies will, however, : Colonies is countable so "amount" is wrongly used, use of "when" is illogical - Incorrect
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