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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
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06 Sep 2009, 22:10
'D'. Because the number has reached record high not students.

So number is required as subject. 'D' is the best option.
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12 Jan 2010, 12:30
Hi!

Can someone please explain why B is wrong?

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12 Jan 2010, 12:36
among other things,

B should have been
with "the" number; not "a" number

so IMO D as well
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13 Jan 2010, 12:15
in the above question we have verb agreement and parallelism error

choice a is out since the number doesn't agree with plural verb have
choice d is parallel has grown vs has reached and also concise when compared with other choices

so my choice is D
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13 Jan 2010, 12:44
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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.
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15 Feb 2010, 23:18
D ...IMO ....this choice also correctly uses the semi-colon....
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brothers wrote:
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.

There is no mistake in D as it is.
"The number of" is Singular. So it needs a singular "Student".
If it was "a number of" then "students" will be the correct usage.
Hence D is correct.
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17 Mar 2010, 20:54
sang5650 wrote:
There is no mistake in D as it is.
"The number of" is Singular. So it needs a singular "Student".
If it was "a number of" then "students" will be the correct usage.
Hence D is correct.

Note this rule -

We use a singular verb with the phrase "the number of".
e.g -- The number of club members has increased this year.

We use a plural verb with the phrase "a number of".
e.g -- A number of students were absent today.

As you see, "the number of students" is the correct form.
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28 Mar 2010, 07:43
BarneyStinson wrote:
brothers wrote:
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.

Yep it misses 's'...what is the OA?
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10 Apr 2010, 23:55
I too agree with D, given the author has mistyped student(s).

A incorrect: has/have
B incorrect: with a number growing (in height? lol)
E incorrect: seems too wordy?
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09 May 2010, 21:29
I agree with BarneyS. 'E; is the only option. Can't believe some people can't see the incorrectness of 'D'
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28 Jun 2010, 20:11
Can somone plz explain why "students in public schools have grown steadily in number" is wrong ? It would definitely be wrong if the "in number" was missed..
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17 Jul 2010, 09:45
option D has a typo.

The OA is D and option D correctly has 'students'

D) enrollment: the number of students in public schools has grown steadily since the mid-1980's and, at nearly 47 million, has reached
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06 Aug 2010, 11:05
It has to be choice D. A, B, C are obviously wrong. E is close, but not really. Inserting choice E would lead to the following: "enrollment: students in public schools have grown steadily in number, since the mid-1980’s and, at nearly 47 million, are at a record high."

Can't be right. Start with the subject and remove everything else. First: "Students in public schools have grown steadily in number..." to my ear this just sounds terrible. This construction is vague and makes the sentence seem as if students have grown steadily. The number of students is what has grown steadily.

Second: Lets pretend that what I mentioned first doesn't matter; that we can start this part of the sentences with "students in public schools." Now read the sentence like this, still removing the fluff, "students in public schools have grown steadily in number... and... are at a record high." This is never right.

D does everything right.
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14 Aug 2010, 09:04
yes,option D is correct but 'the number of students' should be 'the number of students'
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there is obvious mistake of "the number of student" ...
but there is another mistake..which is a typo in the ques itself.. please see the link at MGMAt forums for the same ques...the correct ans is D..

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/par ... t2450.html

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01 Jan 2011, 11:37
We use a singular verb with the phrase "the number of".

We use a plural verb with the phrase "a number of".
e.g -- A number of cats were absent today.

, "the number of students" is the correct form.

ans---D
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21 Mar 2011, 05:30
D
The number...HAS
A number...HAVE
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21 Mar 2011, 22:21
D has to have a typo if it is the correct answer. 'The number of student(s)' has grown steadily makes sense .
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