GMAT Verbal : Correcting Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

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Example Question #61 : Correcting Subject Verb Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Gabrielle want a tattoo of a dolphin.

Possible Answers:

 wanting a tattoo of

 wants a tattoo

 want a tattoo of

 wants a tattoo of

 want a tattoo

Correct answer:

 wants a tattoo of

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in noun-verb agreement. Since Gabrielle is a name, the verb must be in its third person, singular form in order to correctly agree. The correct form is "wants." The correct choice is, " wants a tattoo of."

Example Question #62 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The people stands in the lobby as they wait for the announcement.

Possible Answers:

The people stand in the lobby as they wait

The people standing in the lobby as they wait

The people stands in the lobby as they wait

The people stood in the lobby as they wait

The people stands in the lobby, as they wait

Correct answer:

The people stand in the lobby as they wait

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in noun-verb agreement. The word people should be paired with the word "stand," since it is a plural noun. "Stands" is the third person, singular form of the verb stand. The correct choice is, "The people stand in the lobby as they wait." Note that "stood" is incorrect because it is a tense shift that would make no sense: it would indicate that the people are no longer standing and that any events have already been completed (which is inconsistent with "waiting," which indicates waiting in the present/now).

Example Question #63 : Correcting Subject Verb Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

She always practices deliver her new comedic material to her family and friends. 

Possible Answers:

She always practices deliver her new comedic material

She always practice delivering her new comedic material

She always practice deliver her new comedic material

She always practices delivering her new comedic material

She always practices delivers her new comedic material

Correct answer:

She always practices delivering her new comedic material

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in subject-verb agreement. The correct form of the word "deliver" would be "delivering" in this case as it is functioning as a gerund in the sentence. The only choice that fixes this error is, "She always practices delivering her new comedic material."

Example Question #62 : Correcting Subject Verb Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The girl are playing in the garden.

Possible Answers:

The girl, is playing in the garden.

The girl playing in the garden.

The girl, playing in the garden.

The girl is playing in the garden.

The girl are playing in the garden.

Correct answer:

The girl is playing in the garden.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in subject-verb agreement. The correct phrasing is "The girl is playing in the garden" since the word "girl" is a noun, so it is 3rd person, singular.

Example Question #63 : Correcting Subject Verb Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

His goals was to become a very famous actor.

Possible Answers:

His goal was to become

His goal was, to become

His' goal was to become

His' goals was to become

His goals was to become

Correct answer:

His goal was to become

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in subject-verb agreement. The subject, "goals" does not match the verb, "was." In order for these to agree, "goals" either needs to be made singular or "was" made plural. The only choice to fix this error is, "His goal was to become." This is the correct choice.

Example Question #1341 : Gmat Verbal

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The artisan use bamboo in order to create various designs.

Possible Answers:

The artisan use bamboo in order to create

The artisan uses bamboo, in order to create

The artisan using bamboo in order to create

The artisan use bamboo, in order to create

The artisan uses bamboo in order to create

Correct answer:

The artisan uses bamboo in order to create

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in subject-verb agreement. Since the word "artisan" is the subject (3rd person, singular), the correct form of the word "use" is "uses." This is the only change necessary. The correct choice is, "The artisan uses bamboo in order to create."

Example Question #681 : Correcting Word Usage Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

We gives gifts to the children during the holidays.

Possible Answers:

We gived gifts to the children

We gives gifts to the children

We given gifts to the children

We giving gifts to the children

We give gifts to the children

Correct answer:

We give gifts to the children

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in subject-verb agreement. Since the subject of the sentence is "we" (1st person, plural), the correct form of the word "give" is "give." Note that "given" is passive, and "gived" is not a word. The correct choice is, "We give gifts to the children."

Example Question #67 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Each student at each of the universities were asked to complete the survey.

Possible Answers:

Each student at each of the universities were asking

Each student at each of the universities were always asking

Each student at each of the universities was asked

Each student at each of the universities were asked

Each student at each of the universities were to have been asked

Correct answer:

Each student at each of the universities was asked

Explanation:

The definite pronoun "each" should be treated as singular, and its corresponding verb should be conjugated accordingly. In this case the second instance of the word "each" in the prepositional phrase "at each of the universities" creates about as much confusion as the word "universities" (plural). The only answer choice that resolved the subject / verb agreement error uses the auxiliary verb "was."

Example Question #64 : Correcting Subject Verb Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The parents buys gifts for the children each year.

Possible Answers:

The parents buys gifts

The parents buyings gifts

The parents buying gifts

The parents buy gifts

The parents buyed gifts

Correct answer:

The parents buy gifts

Explanation:

This sentence uses the wrong form of the verb "buy." In the present tense, the "s" drops off of verbs when its subject is in the third person plural. The correct form is "buy." The answer is, "The parents buy gifts."

Example Question #65 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Choose the best version of the underlined sentence.  One option will remain unchanged.

At the moment, her group of schoolchildren is exceptionally well-mannered on the field trip.  

Possible Answers:

At the moment, her group of schoolchildren were exceptionally well-mannered on the field trip.

At the moment, her group of schoolchildren are exceptionally well-mannered on the field trip.

At the moment, her group of schoolchildren was exceptionally well-mannered on the field trip.

At the moment, her group of schoolchildren is exceptionally well-mannered on the field.

Correct answer:

At the moment, her group of schoolchildren is exceptionally well-mannered on the field.

Explanation:

Here, we need to match the agreement between the subject and the verb.  'Schoolchildren' are plural, but the true subject is the 'group of schoolchildren', which is singular.  Therefore, we need a singular verb.  Because of the 'at the moment' at the start of the sentence, we need to be in present tense.  Therefore, we need to use the singular verb is. 

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