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I'm a bit worried about the word 'numbers'

Is their numbers grammatically correct?

Replacing Their with Beavers'

Beavers' number
Beavers' numbers? :o
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C) their numbers have declined since the eighteenth century
The time reference is the eighteenth century. During this long, period, can we expect their number to stay at one particular number?
The numbers are ever changing features. Hence, the plural 'their numbers' should be ok in the given context.
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Number doesn't remain the same. But we don't say numbers when referring to the number of a group.

For e.g; The number of cars.

The only place I can think numbers is

The numbers are misleading, as in a collection of numbers itself.

The number of students, the number of houses, etc.
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Could you please look into this link for some clarification by Ron on this point?

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... 25414.html

This question which originated in 2012 must have been correct then. It is not that this reasoning is wrong but is not used by GMAT these days.
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Can I discard (E) since there is a clear verb tense issue?
The effect of decline is being felt in present also
(correctly denoted by -have declined- in OA) instead of a point of
time event in (E) i.e. simple past tense.
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Can I discard (E) since there is a clear verb tense issue?
The effect of decline is being felt in present also
(correctly denoted by -have declined- in OA) instead of a point of
time event in (E) i.e. simple past tense.


adkikani - Dear Arpit, I am not sure why, but i did not receive the notification for this TAG. Let me tag bb first.
So main diff b/w two choices is "their numbers" vs "the number of them", if it was "the number" it was clearly wrong for singular. but i cant make out any hing from "the number of them" - I mean is it something written on them. Overall I am not sure what this number is talking about. For sure it is a SV issue but more then that its a meaning issue. Meaning in C is very clear. Hope it helped.
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Can I discard (E) since there is a clear verb tense issue?
The effect of decline is being felt in present also
(correctly denoted by -have declined- in OA) instead of a point of
time event in (E) i.e. simple past tense.


Yes, "since the 18th century" to present (can still...) should use present perfect. That is another problem with option (E).
Of course, "the number of them" is wrong too.
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