Sentence Correction
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Q.

A teacher at the school acknowledged that, despite government sponsored endeavours to improve classroom performance, an extraordinary high percentage of their students fail to gain admission to higher education.

 A.

an extraordinary high percentage of their students fail to gain admission to higher education 

 B.

an extraordinarily high percentage of its students fail to gain admission to higher education

 C.

an extraordinary high percentage of its students fails to gain admission to higher education 

 D.

the percentage of their students failing to gain admission to higher education is extraordinarily high

 E.

a high percentage of its students, extraordinarily high in fact, fails to gain admission to higher education

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Solution:
Option(B) is correct

Always check pronouns first. We cannot use ‘their’ when referring to a school. So we can eliminate A and D. Next we need the adverb ‘extraordinarily’ not the adjective ‘extraordinary’ to modify ‘high’, and so we eliminate C.

Of the remaining options, E is wordy and also has a verb-subject agreement problem: a percentage of students should be treated as plural and so we need ‘fail’. Hence the answer is B.


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