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    subject verb agreement

    Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal.
    (A) were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
    (B) was anger for repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
    (C) were anger over repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin healing
    (D) was anger about the issue, which was raised over and over, and preventing the wounds from earlier battles, still raw, to begin healing
    (E) were anger about the issue, which was raised repeatedly, and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin to heal

    here the answer given was B

    Why was? Why not were?

    please explain.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

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    Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room __________________________________.
    It should be "emotions...were" if more than one emotion is mentioned, but only anger is mentioned, so "was" makes more sense. I think it would be best if the sentence were rewritten (although you are not given that option). Perhaps:
    Many people were angry about the issue being raised repeatedly, preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal.


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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal.
    (A) were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
    (B) was anger for repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
    (C) were anger over repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin healing
    (D) was anger about the issue, which was raised over and over, and preventing the wounds from earlier battles, still raw, to begin healing
    (E) were anger about the issue, which was raised repeatedly, and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin to heal

    here the answer given was B

    Why was? Why not were?

    please explain.

    thanks!
    The answer is correct.

    The first thing you have to do in such situations is to find out the subject.

    Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room was anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal.


    Let`s put it some other way: There was anger ..... among the emotions on display in the negotiating room.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    hmm.. got it.. but don't you think it would have been better if the sentence had adverb such as 'there' as mentioned by Teia?

    Also is there any need of comma after 'Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room'?

    The main reason why I got confused initially was due to the sentence's flipped subject and verb. Any tips to identify such sentences in future without confusion and possibly to write and speak such sentences at ease in my normal usage?:P

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Any tips to identify such sentences in future without confusion and possibly to write and speak such sentences at ease in my normal usage?:P
    It would be best not to get in the habit of using such sentences. It is usually better to get to the point quicker.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Any tips to identify such sentences in future without confusion and possibly to write and speak such sentences at ease in my normal usage?:P
    Among is what's being tested. The verb can be singular or plural:
    Singular
    Ex: Max was among the men.
    Ex: Anger was among the emotions.

    Plural
    Ex: Max and Stan were among the men.
    Ex: Anger and sorrow were among the emotions.
    To determine the verb, count:
    Among the emotions ______ anger (for this and that).

    (A) were anger
    (B) was anger
    (C) were anger
    (D) was anger about the issue, which was raised over and over, and preventing
    (E) were anger




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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    hmm.. got it.. but don't you think it would have been better if the sentence had adverb such as 'there' as mentioned by Teia?
    Since that sentence says something in a roundabout way that could have been said more directly, there are several possible ways to say it better.

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Also is there any need of a comma after 'Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room'?
    No. Absolutely not.

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    The main reason why I got confused initially was due to the sentence's flipped subject and verb. Any tips to identify such sentences in future without confusion and possibly to write and speak such sentences easily in my normal usage?:P
    Remember Teia's advice. Experience will help.

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