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  1. Member
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    ...was or were a roomful of books...

    As I stood at the door of his study, what came into sight first (A. was B. were) a roomful of books as well as a 16-square-meter hardwood floor.

    The correct answer is A or B? Thank you so much.

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    Re: ...was or were a roomful of books...

    I am not a teacher.

    It's A. The subject is "a roomful of books".
    " well as..." doesn't turn it into a plural.

    Edit: In fact, I'd like to amend what I wrote above.
    The subject is "what came into sight first", but the answer is still A.
    Last edited by Roman55; 16-May-2014 at 14:59. Reason: Afterthought

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