ACT English 1.3 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 1, Problem 3. Which answer best matches the subject of the sentence?
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It's tricky because it involves a few different rules about singular and plural subjects.
But never fear, we'll untangle this mess.
The conjunction "and" always glues together two things, so we're dealing with two individual
groups: "the cow and the bull" and "the ram and the ewe."
Quick tip: cows, bulls, rams, and ewes don't like it when you glue them together.
However, the format of the sentence is "either-or," which means that the subject is singular despite
the amount of livestock involved.
This makes both (A) and (B) incorrect, because they use the plural "are" instead of the singular
Once we know the verb, we know (C) is incorrect because "team" is a collective noun that can
include both a cow and a bull, or a ram and a ewe.
Or a boy snake and a girl snake for that matter.
We've now eliminated everything but (D), which gets its tenses right, making it the correct
Hm, now we're wondering, why aren't there fancy words that distinguish boy snakes from