Question: University of Maltania Professors

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Any reason we can't use "do" instead of "does" in option B, is this because university is singular?
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Yes, we use DOES because university is singular.

Example: The university DOES have a high number of tenured male professors.

The university DOES have a high number of tenured male professors.

The universities DO have a high number of tenured male professors.

We are using place holder for tenured male professors,which is plural then why aren't we using plural form of verb do?can you give more example for verb place holders to make it more clear?
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Hi Neha,

I have some examples in the post above yours.

Notice that, in answer choice C, the plural "DO" correctly matches the plural noun "universities."

In answer choice B, the singular "DOES" correctly matches the plural noun "university."

So, in answer choice B, we could also write "The University of Maltania has a higher number of tenured male professors than any other UNIVERSITY (singular) HAS (singular).

Hi Brent

I do not understand why B choice can use an inverted sentence ("does any other university" instead of "any other university does")? Shouldn't it need to be parallel to the first part?

Thank you so much!
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Great question, yxlucy321!

The kind of parallelism you're referring to is not tested on the GMAT.

Example: "Joe owns more pets than Kaye owns" is just as acceptable as "Joe owns more pets than does Kaye"

Out of curiosity, I noticed a difference in the way you pronounced "universities" in 1.07 and 1.14.

Are they really different?
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Hi Mohammad,

At 1:07 I emphasized the "S" to show that I was referring to universitieS. So, for that sentence, we need to use the superlative "HIGHEST"


A number of IS PLURAL right .?

so why option B is right one because does is singular ...

or the case is that when we use a number of with uncountable noun than only it is plural otherwise not .?/ please correct me where i am wrong here ...

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A NUMBER OF is plural. So, for example, we might write "A number of people HAVE visited."

IMPORTANT: In the above example, NUMBER is the subject. So, the plural subject NUMBER matches the plural verb HAVE.

However, in the practice question, the subject is UNIVERSITY. University is singular, which is why we need the singular verb HAS.


In the option B, shouldn't the word "does" be replaced with "has"? I mean, any other university is not "doing" anything, right?
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You're correct; we can use HAS instead of DOES.

To maintain parallelism, we could write "The University of Maltania has a higher number of tenured male professors than any other university HAS."

However, it's important to note that DOES can be used as a placeholder for other verbs.

For example, the following 3 sentences are fine:
"Joe owns more pets than Kaye OWNS."
"Joe owns more pets than Kaye DOES."
"Joe owns more pets than DOES Kaye."

Does that help?


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