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# The number of awards given this year to psychologists accentuate the significant gains being made in the study of the psyche of human beings.a)accentuate the significant gains being madeb)accentuates the significant gains being madec)accentuates the number of significant gains being maded)accentuates the significance of  gains being madeCorrect answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer? Related Test: Test: Subject Verb Agreement- 1

## GMAT Question

 Akshat Vijayvargia Aug 19, 2019
First thing- Spot the subject and then use the appropriate verb with it.
Subject is 'number' (singular), so we need accentuate s.
Second- In option b) there is the word significance, which is noun form of verb and which is not accepted in GMAT.
ANS--B

 Preitee Ranjan Pradhan May 11, 2020
I hope accentuate vs accentuates is clear.so option A OUT.
NOW SEE
X accentuates Y,SO IN DEEP GRAMMAR MEANING Y MUST BE A NOUN,AGREE?
Now see what actually the right answer should be that is “significant gains”
Now see how gmat framers try to elude us by using modifiers.
Modifier here is being made in bla bla bla.
The actual concentration must be on what can be after accentuates ,is it significance or gain ?
It’s actually gains

Now another thing THE NUMBER OF .... IS ALWAYS SINGULAR
AND A NUMBER OF .... IS ALWAYS PLURAL
BUT THEIR ARE MORE THAN ONE AWARD GIVEN AND MORE THAN ONE SCIENTISTS ARE GIVEN ,SO “THE NUMBER OF” is wrong.

One more thing in SIGNIFICANT GAIN ,THE WORD SIGNIFICANT IS ADJECTIVE
IF NOTHING COMES TO YOUR MIND THEN THEIR IS A BLIND RULE V>A>N
SO HERE SINCE NO VERB FORM IS PRESENT WE WILL GO WITH ADJECTIVE FORM AND NOT WITH NOUN FORM.

 Sruthi Hari Prasad May 12, 2020
Subject: number - singular