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    Dear teachers,
    I came across a question today and I am puzzled, please help me.
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    Each boy and girl as well as some teachers who ( ) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province ( ) asked to be at the bus station at 6.30

    a are is
    b are are
    c is are
    d is is

    Which should I choose and why?
    Many thanks!

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    #2

    Re: each

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I came across a question today and I am puzzled, please help me.
    *
    Each boy and girl as well as some teachers who ( ) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province ( ) asked to be at the bus station at 6.30

    a are is
    b are are
    c is are
    d is is

    Which should I choose and why?
    Many thanks!
    d is correct. The subject is "each boy and girl", and "each" is singular.

    "as well as some teachers" is not considered to be a part of the subject. In fact, "as welll as some teachers" should be separated from the rest of the sentence by commas.
    Last edited by 2006; 15-Aug-2009 at 07:05. Reason: add the last sentence

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    #3

    Re: each

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I came across a question today and I am puzzled, please help me.
    *
    Each boy and girl as well as some teachers who ( ) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province ( ) asked to be at the bus station at 6.30.

    a are is
    b are are
    c is are
    d is is

    Which should I choose and why?
    Many thanks!
    The sentence is incorrectly punctuated. It could be corrected in a number of ways, e.g.

    (a) Each boy and girl (as well as some teachers) who ( ) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province ( ) asked to be at the bus station at 6.30.

    (b) Each boy and girl, as well as some teachers, who ( ) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province ( ) asked to be at the bus station at 6.30.

    (c) Each boy and girl, as well as some teachers who ( ) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province, ( )asked to be at the bus station at 6.30.

    Since this entails a number of different possible sets of grammatical relations between the initial noun phrases, the relative clause and the main verb, there will certainly be more than one possible combination of verbs to fill the gaps, and even with regard to the same structural pattern, we would still probably require further contextual information before determining with certainty the antecedence of the relative pronoun.

    Frankly, this appears to be no more than a very contrived and badly thought-out trick question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Frankly, this appears to be no more than a very contrived and badly thought-out trick question!
    I don't agree that the question is that bad.
    I think the only errror is the lack of punctuation, and the most reasonable choice of punctuation is (b).


    I think the question is testing for two things.

    1..."each" is singular
    I realize that this rule is sometimes broken, for various reasons.
    An example is saying 'Each student should take their book with them.' (in avoidance of using 'his/him' and 'her')
    But this doesn't apply in the test question.


    2...phrases like "as well as some teachers" are not part of the subject.



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    #5

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    2006,thank you first, in your reply is 'Each student should take their book with them.'
    why don't we say their "books" but "book"?

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan View Post
    2006,thank you first, in your reply is 'Each student should take their book with them.'
    why don't we say their "books" but "book"?
    If each student takes one book, "book" is correct .


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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I came across a question today and I am puzzled, please help me.
    *
    Each boy and girl as well as some teachers who ( ) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province ( ) asked to be at the bus station at 6.30

    a are is
    b are are
    c is are
    d is is

    Which should I choose and why?
    Many thanks!
    It depends on the placement of commas that your sentence sorely needs.

    One example:
    Each boy and girl, as well as some teachers who ( are) to visit Hengshui Middle School in Hebei Province, ( is ) asked to be at the bus station at 6.30

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