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    Verbs (vacation homework)

    Have some Vacation Home Work, I have done most of it but I think that I have made some mistakes. I will write the question, the option and my answer. I would request you to correct me and tell me why I am wrong so that i do not make the mistake again.

    1.More than one party member (was,were) involved in cross-voting. Was
    2.Vinay and Murthy (go,goes) swimming at weekends. Go
    3.My friend and colleague, Vinay (go,goes) swimming at weekends. Go
    4.Both the kitchen and dining room (face,faces) due south. Faces
    5.The kitchen [and of course the dining room] (face,faces) due south. Face
    6.Either Saturday or Sunday (is,are) OK by me. ?
    7.Neither the boys nor girls (has done, have done) well in English exam. Have done
    8.Either your eyesight or your brakes (was,were) at fault. Were
    9.Either your brakes or your eyesight (was,were) at fault, Was
    10.There (was,were) fish and chips for lunch. were
    11.Lemon and soda (was,were) the favourite drink at the party. Was
    12.Bread and butter (was,were) all we had. Was
    13.Not only Lotika but also some of her friends (is/are coming) to the wedding. are coming
    14.Not only her friends but also Lotika herself (is/are coming) to the wedding. is coming
    15.Ten Kilometers (is,are) too far to walk. are
    16.Five hundred rupees (seems, seem) a reasonable price. Seem
    17.'Star Wars' (was,were) a very successful film. Was
    18.'Bhima and Brother' (is,are) a jewellery shop. Is
    19.The United States (want,wants) to increase military assistance to India. wats
    20.The Seychelles (lie,lies) in the middle of the Indian Ocean. lies
    21.The Solomon Islands (is,are) a nation-state. are
    22.The United Nations (is,are) unable to act. is
    23.The crowd (was,were) in a cheerful mood. was
    24.India (is,are) through to the world cup finals. is
    25.The crowd (was seen,were seen) in a cheerful mood. was seen
    26.The crowd which has gathered here (is getting, are getting) restive. is getting


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    Re: Verbs (vacation homework)

    I found another worksheet i will post some more questions.

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    Re: Verbs (vacation homework)

    Quote Originally Posted by aleksander100 View Post
    Have some Vacation Home Work, .... I would request you to correct me and tell me why I am wrong so that i do not make the mistake again.


    4.Both the kitchen and dining room (face,faces) due south. Faces
    5.The kitchen [and of course the dining room] (face,faces) due south. Face
    6.Either Saturday or Sunday (is,are) OK by me. ?

    10.There (was,were) fish and chips for lunch. were
    11.Lemon and soda (was,were) the favourite drink at the party. Was
    12.Bread and butter (was,were) all we had. Was

    15.Ten Kilometers (is,are) too far to walk. are
    16.Five hundred rupees (seems, seem) a reasonable price. Seem
    17.'Star Wars' (was,were) a very successful film. Was
    18.'Bhima and Brother' (is,are) a jewellery shop. Is
    19.The United States (want,wants) to increase military assistance to India. wats
    20.The Seychelles (lie,lies) in the middle of the Indian Ocean. lies
    21.The Solomon Islands (is,are) a nation-state. are
    22.The United Nations (is,are) unable to act. is


    This is about the subject which needs to agree with the verb. I attach a link below for you to refer to, to help you understand the answers but I only commented on some of them.
    #4 'both' makes the subject plural = face
    #5 {and of course ... room} is not the same as 'and', so kitchen= faces
    #6 'either' indicates a singular = is

    #10, 11 and 12 all the names are like collective names in each sentence for a drink or a drink and so we use sg verb. #10 although we have fish and chips, it's the name for one dish. 'Lemon and soda' is less confusing because 'drink' sg is in the sentence so 'was' is correct here and in #12

    #15-26 These are about collective names too. Some are more confusing because there is use of proper nouns (names). Some sentences contain a predicate with a singular word:
    eg # 21 'nation-state'= 'is'. So although 'Solomon Islands' is plural, the name is used to indicate a singular. However, we talk about the many islands of the Seychelles and in this sentence we make the verb plural. Both names indicate the name of one country in each case, but there is a subtle difference in the way they are used.
    #10 10 kms is one distance = is. #16-18 correct because all refer to one thing in each sentence.
    #25 were seen: we talk about the individuals in the crowd
    I hope this is useful

    uw-madison writing center writer's handbook
    I advise this only when you are in the mood for the rules

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