ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 1, Problem 2. Does the underlined word match the subject and tense?
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|English I EOC Assessment||Clauses|
|Grammar and Usage||Subject-Verb Agreement|
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Writing Assessment||Subject-Verb Agreement|
one thing, "the book," or the other, "the pen," but not both.
This makes the subject technically singular even though we're talking about two things.
We're not talking about some fancy pen-book combo deal that can be read and written with
Since the subject is singular, we know we're looking for a singular verb to go along with it.
Therefore, we can cross (B) off the list, since "are" is about as plural as it gets.
(D) is a no-go for the same reason. "Were" is plural and just doesn't fit here.
Choice (C) get a little closer, since "was" is singular. However, it still doesn't totally
work because it has some tense issues.
"He doesn't know" is in the present tense, so the verb we're looking for has to be present
tense as well.
"Was" is in the past tense, so it unfortunately doesn't fit the bill.
This brings us back to choice (A). The original "is" is singular and present tense, suiting our every need.
Now, what we really want to know is why this guy doesn't just open the drawer to find out
what's in it.
Is it really worth sitting around and mulling over?