GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 15 Oct 2019, 12:27

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 58340
The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Feb 2019, 03:49
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  5% (low)

Question Stats:

91% (00:57) correct 9% (01:10) wrong based on 76 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town facilities and parks no longer properly accommodate the townspeople now that the number of residents have increased so considerably.


(A) the number of residents have increased so considerably

(B) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased

(C) the number of residents has increased so considerably

(D) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased

(E) the number of residents has been increasing considerably so

_________________
Director
Director
User avatar
P
Joined: 20 Sep 2016
Posts: 634
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GPA: 3.95
WE: Operations (Real Estate)
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Feb 2019, 06:08
The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town facilities and parks no longer properly accommodate the townspeople now that the number of residents have increased so considerably.


(A) the number of residents have increased so considerably
= SV error; number is singular

(B) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased
= we do not have different groups of residents so using "numbers" is unwarranted

(C) the number of residents has increased so considerably


(D) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased

(E) the number of residents has been increasing considerably so
"-= ""considerable so" wrong
Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 58340
Re: The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 27 Feb 2019, 03:13
Bunuel wrote:
The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town facilities and parks no longer properly accommodate the townspeople now that the number of residents have increased so considerably.


(A) the number of residents have increased so considerably

(B) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased

(C) the number of residents has increased so considerably

(D) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased

(E) the number of residents has been increasing considerably so


OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:



C. the number of residents has increased so considerably

Eliminate Choices (B) and (D) because they pluralize numbers. There is a number of residents rather than numbers of them. Choice (A) has the singular form number, but incorrectly pairs it with the plural verb have. That leaves you with Choices (C) and (E), and Choice (E) unnecessarily adds been to the verb and creates an awkward construction by moving so after considerably. Choice (C) is the best answer.
_________________
Director
Director
User avatar
G
Affiliations: CrackVerbal
Joined: 03 Oct 2013
Posts: 563
Location: India
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V46
Re: The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 27 Feb 2019, 04:52
Top Contributor
Quote:
The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town facilities and parks no longer properly accommodate the townspeople now that the number of residents have increased so considerably.


(A) the number of residents have increased so considerably

(B) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased

(C) the number of residents has increased so considerably

(D) the numbers of residents have so considerably increased

(E) the number of residents has been increasing considerably so


The right answer is C. The main concepts tested by this question are Subject Verb Agreement, and Tenses. It gets a whole lot easier once you identify that "the number of x" is always going to be singular since the focus of the subject is not 'x' but the concept of the number itself. This is not dissimilar to "The number on the scoreboard goes up every time they score" (note the singular 'goes')

Option A, B, D - These three options are all incorrect because they use the plural conjugation "have".

Option E - "has been increasing" is extremely awkward, and uses a perfect-continuous tense not tested on the GMAT. It is simply enough to say that the number "has increased", which is the current use of the present perfect tense (action in the past, reference point in the present).

The right answer is therefore C.
_________________
- CrackVerbal Prep Team

For more info on GMAT and MBA, follow us on @AskCrackVerbal

Register for the Free GMAT Kickstarter Course : http://bit.ly/2DDHKHq

Register for our Personal Tutoring Course : https://www.crackverbal.com/gmat/personal-tutoring/

Join the free 4 part GMAT video training series : http://bit.ly/2DGm8tR
GMAT Club Bot
Re: The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town   [#permalink] 27 Feb 2019, 04:52
Display posts from previous: Sort by

The town’s legislators heard arguments from the crowd about how town

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne