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Since the year 2000 the subscription rates of teenage girls, teenage boys, and middle aged men to monthly and quarterly magazines has continuously increased, while the number of subscriptions of other demographics has decreased.

(A) has continuously increased, while the number of subscriptions of other demographics has decreased
(B) has continuously increased, while subscriptions of other demographics have decreased in number
(C) increased continuously, while there was a decrease in the number of subscriptions of other demographics
(D) have continuously increased, while the number subscriptions of other demographics has decreased
(E) have continuously increased, while that of other demographics decreased
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13 Dec 2005, 23:12
GMATT73 wrote:
Since the year 2000 the subscription rates of teenage girls, teenage boys, and middle aged men to monthly and quarterly magazines has continuously increased, while the number of subscriptions of other demographics has decreased.

(A) has continuously increased, while the number of subscriptions of other demographics has decreased
(B) has continuously increased, while subscriptions of other demographics have decreased in number
(C) increased continuously, while there was a decrease in the number of subscriptions of other demographics
(D) have continuously increased, while the number subscriptions of other demographics has decreased
(E) have continuously increased, while that of other demographics decreased

Subscription rates are plural ==> have continuously increased

"Since the year 2000" shows that its still happening currently so "has decreased" is needed.
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13 Dec 2005, 23:40
E to me.

in D:

rate is compared to "number of subscription".

unless there is typo:
number subscriptions of

in D looks incorrect.
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13 Dec 2005, 23:43
duttsit wrote:
E to me.

in D:

rate is compared to "number of subscription".

unless there is typo:
number subscriptions of

in D looks incorrect.

I noticed that too......
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14 Dec 2005, 00:58
The subscription rates --- is plural. so we need to use have.

so A, B and C is out.

E is using wrong tense.

so D should be the answer.
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14 Dec 2005, 02:42
Go E go.

Use of have is needed because of "....the subscription rates...". A,B, C are out.
D: "...number of subscriptions....": also requires "have"

Any comments on D's explanation above???
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14 Dec 2005, 09:20
D is the best.

First, subject/verb agreement between "the subscription rates" and "have incrased". Second, D states the best comparaison.
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14 Dec 2005, 09:21
D is the best.

First, subject/verb agreement between "the subscription rates" and "have incrased". Second, D states the best contrast.
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15 Dec 2005, 23:16
OA is D.

OE:

Explanation:

Spot the Error:
The presence of underlined verbs indicates that verbs are being tested. The presence of "has...increased" and "has decreased" in the underlined portion indicate that the sentence is testing verbs.

Rule and Fix:
A verb must agree with the noun that is refers to and must use the appropriate tense. The verb "has...increased" is singular while the subject it refers to is plural -- "subscription rates". The correct form should be "have...increased".

POE:
Since the underlined verb "has...increased" is incorrect eliminate A and any choice that repeats the mistake. This eliminates A and B.

Chunk and Compare:
C and D. C uses the incorrect simple past form "increased". This is incorrect because the action began in the past and is still ongoing (identified by the "continuously") which means we need the present perfect (have/has + past participle). D correctly uses the present perfect. Eliminate C.
D and E. E uses the relative pronoun "that" which is the incorrect number (that is singular and "those", for "rates" should be used here.) Eliminate. E.

Choose D.
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16 Dec 2005, 08:02
D

the subscrpition rates: plural verb(have increased)
the number of suscriptions: singular verb( has decreased)
Re: SC Verbs #3   [#permalink] 16 Dec 2005, 08:02
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