Chapter 1

Subject-verb agreement (Chapter 1)

Select the wrong answer in each of the choices below. In case both choices are grammatically correct, select the one that is less clear and more awkward.

  1. A. The dozen pair of shoes she ordered have not arrived yet.
    B. The dozen pair of shoes she ordered has not arrived yet.
  1. A. With more money comes expensive entertainment and splurging on gifts.
    B. With more money come expensive entertainment and splurging on gifts.
  1. A. His ambition and need for revenge compel him to commit the crime.
    B. His ambition and need for revenge compels him to commit the crime.
  1. A. True love resurfaces after either selfishness or betrayal has been forgiven.
    B. True love resurfaces after either selfishness or betrayal have been forgiven.
  1. A. His care and affection for his children and grandchildren is evident in his final journal entry.
    B. His care and affection for his children and grandchildren are evident in his final journal entry.

6.  A. The use of brilliant dyes, finely-shaped arrowheads, and bone sewing needles lead us to assume that this was an advanced civilization.
B. The use of brilliant dyes, finely-shaped arrowheads, and bone sewing needles leads us to assume that this was an advanced civilization.

  1. A. However after the disaster come better times.
    B. However after the disaster comes better times.
  1. A. Either the grief over the loss of Hamlet or the death of Polonius causes Ophelia’s insanity.
    B. Either the grief over the loss of Hamlet or the death of Polonius cause Ophelia’s insanity.
  1. A. There does not appear to be any hard feelings between them.
    B. There do not appear to be any hard feelings between them.
  1. A. The brace of quail that he had bagged that day was his contribution to our feast.
    B. The brace of quail that he had bagged that day were his contribution to our feast.
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