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# Because the number of visitors to the Galapagos islands have almost tr

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24 May 2015, 09:13
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Because the number of visitors to the Galapagos islands have almost tripled since 1990, concern for the well-being of the area has heightened, and conservationists are now considering new actions in order to protect it.

A. Because the number of visitors to the Galapagos islands have almost tripled since 1990, concern for the well-being of the area has heightened, and conservationists are now considering new actions in order to protect it

B. Because the number of visitors to the Galapagos islands has almost tripled since 1990, concern as the well-being of the area has heightened, and conservationists are now considering new actions in order to protect it

C. Because the number of visitors to the Galapagos islands has almost tripled since 1990, concern for the well-being of the area has heightened, and conservationists are now considering new actions for its protection

D. Because the number of visitors in the Galapagos islands has almost tripled since 1990, concern for the well-being of the area has heightened, and conservationists are now considering new actions in order to protect it

E. Concern for the well-being of the Galapagos islands has heightened, and conservationists are now considering new actions in order to protect them because the number of visitors to the area have almost tripled since 1990
Choice B:
Although this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement error by matching the singular verb has to the singular subject number of visitors, it uses the incorrect preposition after concern. The correct idiom is concern for.

Choice D:
Although this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement error by matching the singular verb has to the singular subject number of visitors, it uses the incorrect preposition after visitors. The correct idiom is visitors to.

Choice E:
This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Subject Verb Agreement error. The number of visitors is an X of Y subject. In such cases, the verb should agree with X (number), which is singular. However, the verb have is plural. The Stop Sign that helps us identify this question as a Subject Verb Agreement question as well as identify this mistake is:
- The subject is in the form of X of Y
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24 May 2015, 09:47
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Hi

I agree with the explanation. however, "conservationists are now considering new actions for its protection".

The noun islands is plural so how can "its" refer to plural noun? In fact, the same has been used in all of the first four options!
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24 May 2015, 09:53
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pavankarwa123 wrote:
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I agree with the explanation. however, "conservationists are now considering new actions for its protection".

The noun islands is plural so how can "its" refer to plural noun? In fact, the same has been used in all of the first four options!

"It" and "its" refer to "the area" not to the Galapagos Islands. I hope that helps?
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24 May 2015, 10:09
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Reto,
Acknowledged! That's a subtle difference.

If I may ask further - In option D, if we for once ignore the incorrect preposition of "in the Galapagos Islands", would there be any difference between "in order to protect it" and "for its protection"?
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24 May 2015, 10:26
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pavankarwa123 wrote:
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Acknowledged! That's a subtle difference.

If I may ask further - In option D, if we for once ignore the incorrect preposition of "in the Galapagos Islands", would there be any difference between "in order to protect it" and "for its protection"?

Sure. They're both correct. However I believe that GMAC prefers "its protection" because it is more concise that "in order to protect it...". You see?
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26 May 2015, 00:22
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Hi,

By POE:

A has "number of visitors"...have...Incorrect Since a number is singular

E has Concern for the islands and the conservationalists... but its concern only for the island.. So incorrect

B is out because "Concern for" is the correct idiom hence incorrect

D is out because "visitors in the islands" is incorrect.. "visitors to" is correct usage hence incorrect

Hence C .
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16 Jul 2015, 11:20
dominicraj wrote:

A has "number of visitors"...have...Incorrect Since a number is singular

A number is plural... The number is singular ..

Correct me if i'm wrong.
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16 Jul 2015, 19:57
Hi shyind,

You are right.."a number of.." is plural and "the number" is singular.. my bad Good observation...

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29 Jul 2015, 05:04
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In addition to the thorough explanation expounded by reto, for the sake of those who may run short of time, here is a quick fix.

1. A, B and D are wrong because, ‘in order to protect’ is not as concise as ‘for its protection’; yes concision is part of the requirement of GMAT SC.

2. E is wrong because, ‘the numbers of visitors have’ is S-V number mismatch

C is the remainder
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29 Jul 2015, 05:39
daagh wrote:
In addition to the thorough explanation expounded by reto, for the sake of those who may run short of time, here is a quick fix.

1. A, B and D are wrong because, ‘in order to protect’ is not as concise as ‘for its protection’; yes concision is part of the requirement of GMAT SC.

2. E is wrong because, ‘the numbers of visitors have’ is S-V number mismatch

C is the remainder

If we take into account the VAN principle for concision, 'in order to protect' is a verb whereas 'its protection' is a noun.

So i thought we should select 'in order to protect' over 'its protection'.

I eliminated choices that have 'in order to protect' as it was redundant because the sentence starts with 'Because'.

Please let me know if the flow of thought is correct.
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29 Jul 2015, 05:49
I agree; But you see 'in order to protect' is verbose compared 'to protect', which is good enough. 'to protect' is concise; In addition, avoiding redundancy is also concision, you see.
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29 Jul 2015, 07:40
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E has Concern for the islands and the conservationalists... but its concern only for the island.. So incorrect

Hence C .

Hello dominicraj
In E we have comma before "and" so "islands and conservationists" are not two parallel nouns. In this variant we have two independent clauses: "Concern has, and conservationists are"
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16 Aug 2015, 23:07
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pavankarwa123 wrote:
Hi

I agree with the explanation. however, "conservationists are now considering new actions for its protection".

The noun islands is plural so how can "its" refer to plural noun? In fact, the same has been used in all of the first four options!

"It" and "its" refer to "the area" not to the Galapagos Islands. I hope that helps?

Hi Reto

C.Because the number of visitors to the Galapagos islands has almost tripled since 1990, concern for the well-being of the area has heightened, and conservationists are now considering new actions for its protection

How can possessive pronoun "its " refer to area

Just because of this thought I picked D

Kindly let me know what am I missing here
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23 Jan 2020, 19:18
Although i have marked the correct answer, i want to still make sure the reasoning behind eliminating the wrong options is correct

A is eliminated because of "have" subject verb error as subject is "The number of"
B is wrong because of concern "as"- this is the wrong usage of concern..it should be "concern for"
D is wrong because of visitors "in" ..should be "visitors to"
E is wrong because them wrongly refers to islands as islands as a group we are talking about

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