Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.98)

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is 'D'. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).

98. 

(solve as per the direction given above)

[A]. When we consider all the factors, which are many,
[B]. the number of school dropouts
[C]. are quite disturbing.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

is quite disturbing

Sushant said: (Sep 5, 2011)  
If the keyword "number of" is appearing in a sentence then the verb should be singular.

Edwin said: (Jun 28, 2012)  
Why not are instead of is ?

Soumya said: (Oct 15, 2014)  
"a number of" is used with plural nouns. There is no error in the sentence.

Neel said: (Jun 23, 2015)  
The expression the number is followed by a singular verb while the expression a number is followed by a plural verb.

Vijay said: (Jul 29, 2015)  
When ever we use "The number of" it should be followed by a singular verb.

Vijay said: (Jul 10, 2016)  
'the number of ' takes singular verb while 'a number of ' takes plural verb.

Cool said: (Aug 25, 2016)  
The number of means "singular" and a number of means "plural".

Niki said: (Mar 16, 2017)  
"The number of" takes plural noun but singular verb with it whereas "A number of " takes both plural noun and verb.

Dhananjay said: (Feb 12, 2019)  
Yes, you are right @Niki.

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