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Sentence Correction 15

    The sheer number of cars on the roads has all but paralyzed the traffic in the city.

    1. The sheer number of cars on the roads have
    2. The shear number of cars on the roads have
    3. The shear number of cars on the roads has
    4. No correction required

 

  • Correct Answer
    Choice (D)

Detailed Solution

The subject of the sentence is ‘the sheer number’. This is singular, as the noun ‘number’ is singular. The verb ‘has’ relates to this, and not ‘cars’.

The expression ‘the number’ indicates a single arithmetical value. So, it is followed by a singular verb. On the other hand, expression ‘a number’ serves as an indefinite pronoun meaning many. So, it is followed by a plural verb.

The adjective ‘sheer’ meaning utter or veritable is the correct word to be used in the given context.

Correct Answer: D



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