ACT English 1.5 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 1, Problem 5. Formatting a sentence with a singular indefinite pronoun.
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place, or thing.
It basically goes through life saying "whatevs" to everything.
What's even more important to note is that "nobody" is a singular indefinite pronoun.
We're only referring to one mysterious window-breaking nobody here, not a whole gang of them.
Since we've got a singular subject on our hands, we know we're looking for singular
verbs as well.
This makes both (B) and (D) incorrect.
"Claim" is a plural verb, and it knocks them both out of contention.
Let's take a look at (A) next to see if the original sentence passes the test.
Nah, it's not looking so good here. Although "claimed" can be both singular and plural,
it's in the past tense.
"Is" signals that the sentence is in the present tense, so (A) has to go.
Choice (C) is the correct answer. "Claims" is singular and in the present tense, so it's
everything we've been looking for.
Man, if only that pronoun had been more definite, we could have cleared things up a lot sooner.