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New post 21 Mar 2011, 22:26
in all three of those choices C D and E , the colon (:) plays the same role : it introduces an explanatory clause.

A subordinate clause cant be introduced by a colon(:) , for that we need a comma. I read this somewhere and this makes sense .
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New post 15 Apr 2011, 22:34
D it is....
A is incorrect because "the number of.." requires singular usage
B is incorrect because use of since requires present perfect tense...
C because of multiple usage of since...

When u compare D and E, I feel that enrollment requires usage of present perfect tense to indicate that it "has reached" an all time high..
For this reason E can be eliminated...

Left with D.. :)

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New post 16 Apr 2011, 08:08
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I agree with BarneyS. 'E; is the only option. Can't believe some people can't see the incorrectness of 'D' :shock:


If it's true that D has a typo on students, I will choose D.

A) enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at
WRONG because it should be THE NUMBER of (...) HAS

(B) enrollment, with a number of students in public schools growing steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, reaching
WRONG: This makes the growth pertain to a number of the students and NOT the number of students.

(C) enrollment: since students in public schools have grown steadily in number since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, have reached
WRONG: Having two subordinators in one clause...

(D) enrollment: the number of student in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, has reached

(E) enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at

I'm eliminating E because of parallelism error.
Students in public schools HAVE grown..., since the mid-1980's AND, ..., ARE at a record high.

D has it better. Hence, D.

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New post 08 Jun 2011, 05:06
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Part of the proposed increase in state education spending is due to higher enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at a record high.
(A) enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at
(B) enrollment, with a number of students in public schools growing steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, reaching
(C) enrollment: since students in public schools have grown steadily in number since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, have reached
(D) enrollment: the number of student in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, has reached
(E) enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at


Option D has a serious error, students should be plural with an s appended to the end, instead it is presented in a singular form, making the sentence more awkwardly sounding. I seriously don't think this is the kind of a common GMAT trap, if so, GMAT is stooping low. Anyhow, if this is just a human error by the person who posed the question, then it is fine and D should be the answer.

Otherwise, if that's how the option is, then E should be the answer.



you are correct, the option D is wrongly typed
see this http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/par ... t2450.html

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+1 for D
'the number' takes singular verb.

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In D, "enrollment: the number of student in public schools" is wrong. It should have been "the number of students" ....
I believe that was typo.

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B is a wrong option as "a number" denote plural sense. "IS " mentioned in the first sentence making the sentence in singular. The answer D is correct as "HAS" is used.

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Part of the proposed increase in state education spending is due to higher enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at a record high.

(A) enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at
(B) enrollment, with a number of students in public schools growing steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, reaching
(C) enrollment: since students in public schools have grown steadily in number since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, have reached
(D) enrollment: the number of students in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, has reached
(E) enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at

Here's my take on the question (fixed the typo in D.)

First, from the original sentence there are two mistakes with SVA.
1. THE NUMBER of [...] HAVE grown (the number here refers to a specific number, thus it must be singular. The verb does not agree)
2. THE NUMBER of [...] ARE at (same reason with 1.)

From the question analysis we can eliminate A. From then on we look at the remaining choices.

B) sounds very awkward, so let's eliminate it.

We're left with C, D, and E that uses the colon to explain the first part of the sentence. Since the colon is introduce, it is not necessary to use the words such as 'since'. Additionally, C and E changed the meaning of the sentence by constructing it as along the lines of 'students are growing in number'. To me that sounds very weird. It makes sense more to actively say a/the number are/is growing.

Therefore, we can quickly eliminate C and E.

The answer choice through the process of elimination is D. D resolves the issue of SVA and does not have unnecessary words or awkward construction.
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Part of the proposed increase in state education spending is due to higher enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at a record high.

(A) enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at
(B) enrollment, with a number of students in public schools growing steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, reaching
(C) enrollment: since students in public schools have grown steadily in number since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, have reached
(D) enrollment: the number of student in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, has reached
(E) enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at


regarding choice B.
whenever we see , doing, we have to give it a tense. in this case, growing takes tense of main clause "is" so, growing has present tense. this is not logic because present tense can not go with since.
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Part of the proposed increase in state education spending is due to higher enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at a record high.


(D) enrollment: the number of student in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, has reached
(E) enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at

E is incorrect :

students in public schools have grown steadily in number and are at a record high. For the second verb "are", the subject is students and not number. That makes it.

students are at a record high while it should be " The number of students are at record high."

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Here is how I eliminate answer choices:

(A) enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at (cannot be plural )

(B) enrollment, with a number of students in public schools growing steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, reaching (wrong)

(C) enrollment: since students in public schools have grown steadily in number since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, have reached (cannot be plural)

(D) enrollment: the number of students in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, has reached

(E) enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at (cannot be plural)

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Part of the proposed increase in state education spending is due to higher enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at a record high.

(A) enrollment, since the number of students in public schools have grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at - Subject verb agreement - The number ..has
(B) enrollment, with a number of students in public schools growing steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, reaching - illogical -- 'a number of students' is incorrect; it has two possible interpretations, neither of which makes any sense:
(1) the idiomatic expression 'a number of', roughly equivalent to 'several' - meaning that several students have gotten fatter and fatter and fatter;
(2) 'a number' of students - meaning some random, arbitrary number of students.

(C) enrollment: since students in public schools have grown steadily in number since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, have reached - can't follow a colon with since/although/etc. + clause. (if the second part starts with something like 'since', it should be introduced with a comma, not a colon.) 'grown steadily in number' is also awkward.

(D) enrollment: the number of students in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, has reached - Correct

(E) enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at - changes meaning -- students themselves are not growing in number

Answer D
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