Sentence Correction
Verbal Ability

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Q.

The administration discussed whether the number of students studying European languages was likely to decline when the senior lecturer retired.

 A.

whether the number of students studying European languages was likely

 B.

whether the number of students studying European languages were likely

 C.

if the students studying European languages were likely

 D.

if the number of European language students were likely 

 E.

whether the number of students studying European languages was liable

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Solution:
Option(A) is correct

"Whether" is correct because the question concerns a choice not a condition. With the expression "the number of" a singular verb is needed and hence "was" is correct. "Liable" is used in expressions such as "liable to prosecution" and not for expressions of possibility.


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