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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    In other countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada, immigrants are expected to adapt and integrate themselves into local societies. It is the other way round in Singapore.

    Due to the PAPís liberal immigration and pro-foreigner policies, foreigners now make up 36 percent of Singaporeís population, up from 14 percent in 1990. Of the remaining 64 percent who are citizens, an increasing number are/were born overseaas.

    Should 'was' or 'are' be used?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    In other countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada, immigrants are expected to adapt and integrate themselves into local societies. It is the other way round in Singapore.

    Due to the PAPís liberal immigration and pro-foreigner policies, foreigners now make up 36 percent of Singaporeís population, up from 14 percent in 1990. Of the remaining 64 percent who are citizens, an increasing number are/were born overseaas.

    Should 'was' or 'are' be used?

    Thanks in advance.
    an increasing number is a phrase which refers to more than one; as
    An increasing number of ctizens are born overseaas.
    So use 'are'

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