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# SV Agreement Revision: According to a recent study conducted

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16 Mar 2008, 16:50
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According to a recent study conducted at over 100 American universities, the number of college graduates interested in pursuing a career in financial services is likely to double by 2010.
A. is likely to double
B. are likely to increase by twice
C. are likely to double
D. will double
E. will increase by twice
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16 Mar 2008, 17:28
chineseburned wrote:
Why is D incorrect??

D changes the meaning . It makes the event certain . We should not pick any answer which changes the meaning of the stem.

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16 Mar 2008, 17:54
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chineseburned wrote:
Why is D incorrect??

D changes the meaning . It makes the event certain . We should not pick any answer which changes the meaning of the stem.

But how do you know which is the right meaning? Sometimes the only correct choice gramatically changes the meaning.
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According to a recent study conducted at over 100 American universities, the number of college graduates interested in pursuing a career in financial services is likely to double by 2010.

A. is likely to double
B. Are likely to increase by twice
C. Are likely to double
D. Will double
E. Will increase by twice

[Reveal] Spoiler: OE
The original sentence supplies the correct singular verb “is likely” for the singular
subject “the number of graduates.” The sentence also employs the concise and
idiomatic form “is likely to double.”
(A) CORRECT. This answer choice is correct as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) This answer choice supplies the incorrect plural verb “are likely” that does not
agree with the singular subject “the number of graduates.” Further, this answer choice
uses the wordy and unidiomatic construction “to increase by twice” rather than the
concise and idiomatic form “to double.”
(C) This answer choice uses the incorrect plural verb “are likely” that does not agree
with the singular subject “the number of graduates.”
(D) While the verb construction “will double” is more concise than the original “is likely
to double,” this change incorrectly alters the meaning of the sentence by implying that
the expected increase in the interest in “a career in financial services” is certain rather
than merely “likely,” as stated in the original sentence.
(E) This answer choice employs the wordy and unidiomatic construction “to increase
by twice” rather than the concise and idiomatic form “to double.” Further, the verb “will
increase” implies that the expected increase in the interest in “a career in financial
services” is certain rather than merely “likely,” as stated in the original sentence. This
change incorrectly alters the original meaning of the sentence.

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According to a recent study conducted at over 100 American universities, the number of college graduates {singular} interested in pursuing a career in financial services is likely to double by 2010.

A. is likely to double - correct conveys probability
B. Are likely to increase by twice - are plural ELIMINATE
C. Are likely to double - are plural ELIMINATE
D. Will double - will certainty ELIMINATE
E. Will increase by twice - will certainty ELIMINATE
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05 May 2016, 11:08
The number of ......... will always take a singular verb.

Hence (A) will be the only possible correct answer !!
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