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The number of urban dwellers per square mile have grown from

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The number of urban dwellers per square mile have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number that is about the population density of Gotham City's.

(A) have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number that is about the population density of Gotham City's
(B) have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number that is about Gotham City's population density
(C) have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number about the population density of Gotham City’s
(D) has grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number about the population density of Gotham City
(E) has grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number about Gotham City’s population density
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New post 19 Mar 2009, 08:53
For me it is D.
The number goes with singular. Hence it should be The number of urban dwellers per square mile has grown .

Now we have two choices D and E. I will go with E as sentence witout possive case is more idiomatic than with possive case.

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The number of urban dwellers per square mile have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number that is about the population density of Gotham City's.

(A) have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number that is about the population density of Gotham City's
(B) have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number that is about Gotham City's population density
(C) have grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number about the population density of Gotham City’s
(D) has grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number about the population density of Gotham City
(E) has grown from 100 to nearly 1000, a number about Gotham City’s population density

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I think D.

E would be right if it would have something like "...a number about Gotham City’s (increasing or growing) population density"

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New post 21 Mar 2009, 09:37
The Number of should always be treated as singular. Hence the helping verb should be HAS instead of HAVE.

We are left with options D and E. Now among D and E, we should not replace an OF prepositional phrase when it tries to give some measure. But in E statement is replacing an OF prepositional phrase as Gotham’s City’s population density.

Hence I will go with D

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New post 21 Mar 2009, 13:23
Hi mates

is this a GMAT question?

IMO E

"the number" is singular, therefore A, B and C out

For D and E are exactly the same, I picked E because it's simpler

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