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Although beavers can still be found throughout the western United States,their number has declined compared withthe eighteenth century, when the abundance of beavers lured armies of European trappers into the Rocky Mountain region to slaughter them for their pelts.
A. their number has declined compared with
B. their numbers have compared with
C. their numbers have declined since
D. their numbers have in comparison to those of
E. the number of them declined since





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Throughout such a long period as a century, the number of the population is unlikely to stay the same. It will vary depending upon the climate, migration, availability of food, the prevalence of predators, etc. Therefore, the plural 'numbers' is the logical diction.
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Although beavers can still be found throughout the western United States,their number has declined compared withthe eighteenth century, when the abundance of beavers lured armies of European trappers into the Rocky Mountain region to slaughter them for their pelts.
A. their number has declined compared with
B. their numbers have compared with
C. their numbers have declined since
D. their numbers have in comparison to those of
E. the number of them declined since





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