Student or Learner
"If asked to name a sports team with wide and ongoing appeal, many, who actually preferred other sports, would choose the Yankees."
I really have several questions about this sentence:
1) what is the correct grammatical term for the clause “many, who actually preferred other sports” as is appears in the sentence?
2) What grammatical role does it serve?
3) what is the correct verb form for “preferred” (past or present)
4) and why is that the correct verb form?
1. "Many" is a pronoun and the subject of the clause. It is followed by a relative clause started by "who".
2. The main clause is "many would choose the Yankees". The relative clause modifies "many".
3. It is past tense.
4. In my opinion it could be either tense. "Preferred" points to their preference in the past; "prefer" would point to their preference currently.
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