Grandma\’s Tales

December 31, 2006

Grammar – 22 Verb, look back for agreement!

Filed under: Language — Rajesh @ 9:50 am

Ashwarya Rai visited Pushkar and gave the priests something to chew about in addition to paan. Allegedly, her bodyguard (wow!) had been drinking too much of a liquid that didn’t come out of the Pushkar lake. The report on the front page of the newspaper went: Pushkar Thirthguru Purohit Sangh Trust, the body of priests at the temple, have called for an emergency meeting to review the situation (?).

Who called the meeting? The Trust (“it”, singular) / the body of priests (again singular, “body” is one unit). So what is “have” doing there? He, she, it – you are a “have-nots”!

It’s so easy. Just check out the subject before you show the green signal to the verb. Now, can you crack this? In this test, you get to choose the verb and its form. Exciting!

[1] The advertisement, which has been placed in local newspapers, _____attracted
a lot of interest.
[2] Only one of the kittens ____ survived.
[3] No one ______ the job as well as you do.
[4] Take care because the scissors ______ very sharp.

[5] Neither the apples nor the basket _______ expensive.
[6] People from the South _______ very friendly.
[7] Either the President or the Vice-President _______ signed the document.
[8] Neither his partner nor his neighbours ______ highly of him.
[9] An advertising campaign or a direct mail effort ______ designed to reach large numbers of people.
[10] Both — either a second or a subsequent call — ______considered to be follow-up calls.
[11] There are trademark laws for anyone that _______ established a business name.

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6 Comments »

  1. [1] The advertisement, which has been placed in local newspapers, *has* attracted
    a lot of interest.
    [2] Only one of the kittens *has* survived.
    [3] No one *does* the job as well as you do.
    [4] Take care because the scissors *are* very sharp.
    [5] Neither the apples nor the basket _______ expensive.
    According to the proximity principle, shouldn’t this read-
    “Neither the basket nor the apples *are* expensive.”?
    [6] People from the South *are* very friendly. (Indeed!! That’s very true 🙂 )
    [7] Either the President or the Vice-President *has* signed the document.
    [8] Neither his partner nor his neighbors speaks highly of him. (Hmm…that seems like a bonus so that every one gets atleast one correct answer 🙂 )
    [9] An advertising campaign or a direct mail effort *was* designed to reach large numbers of people.
    [10] Both — either a second or a subsequent call — *is* considered to be a follow-up call.
    [11] There are trademark laws for anyone that *has* established a business name.

    Comment by Rashmi — December 31, 2006 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Rashmi,
    Great answers there! I totally agree with you on 5! It should be changed to what you say. Take up 8 again and apply the proximity principle, ok? For 10, do the new one. Your answer will be different!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 31, 2006 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  3. Ah. Ok. Here we go-

    [8] Neither his partner nor his neighbours *speak* highly of him.
    [10] Both — either a second or a subsequent call — *are* considered to be follow-up calls. (Because the subject is “both”, which is plural?)

    Comment by Rashmi — January 1, 2007 @ 7:12 am | Reply

  4. All correct!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — January 1, 2007 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  5. Geeta,

    Unit Test 3
    Date: 01/01/07
    Subject: English
    Name: Subrat
    Roll No – 17

    [1] The advertisement, which has been placed in local newspapers, _____attracted
    a lot of interest.

    Ans: has

    [2] Only one of the kittens ____ survived.

    Ans: has

    [3] No one ______ the job as well as you do.

    Ans: does

    [4] Take care because the scissors ______ very sharp.

    Ans: are (would have become singular had we used a ‘pair of scissors)

    [5] Neither the apples nor the basket _______ expensive.

    Ans: is (or change the order of apples and basket and let it take the plural form)

    [6] People from the South _______ very friendly.

    Ans: are

    [7] Either the President or the Vice-President _______ signed the document.

    Ans: has

    [8] Neither his partner nor his neighbours ______ highly of him.

    Ans: think

    [9] An advertising campaign or a direct mail effort ______ designed to reach large numbers of people.

    Ans: is

    [10] Both — either a second or a subsequent call — ______considered to be follow-up calls.

    Ans: were

    [11] There are trademark laws for anyone that _______ established a business name.

    Ans: has

    Subrat

    Comment by Subrat — January 1, 2007 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Subrat, LOL! Like in any examination, there are no extra marks for filling up the page. I can only give you hundred on hundred 🙂 What a student! Delighted! Could you please delete the in-between spacing?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — January 1, 2007 @ 9:59 pm | Reply


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