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    the traits they (have) formed earlier in their lives

    Hello, the answer key says the error in this sentence is that there should be "have" between "they" and "formed", as in "they have formed earlier...". Why is that? And why does "another reason" take plural form--"are"? Thank you.
    Another reason for the success of the aged elite are the traits they formed earlier in their lives.

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    Re: the traits they (have) formed earlier in their lives

    Quote Originally Posted by qizi View Post
    Hello, the answer key says the error in this sentence is that there should be "have" between "they" and "formed", as in "they have formed earlier...". Why is that? And why does "another reason" take plural form--"are"? Thank you.
    Another reason for the success of the aged elite are the traits they formed earlier in their lives.
    It's correct with or without "have". "Is" or "are" could both be seen as correct, I would prefer "is" but others might see the verb as linked with the plural "traits".

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    Re: the traits they (have) formed earlier in their lives

    Thank you, but I don't quite understand. Why is it correct to link verb with the object?

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    Re: the traits they (have) formed earlier in their lives

    Quote Originally Posted by qizi View Post
    Thank you, but I don't quite understand. Why is it correct to link verb with the object?
    It's not a question of simply inserting 'have'. It is using the present perfect tense instead of the simple past - which naturally requires the auxiliary of 'have' plus the past participle.
    I agree that either tense works.

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