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Sentence Correction: Subject Verb Agreement - X of Y Subject

Which Stop Sign(s) can you identify in the following sentence?

Underlying the burial practices and customs of the Ancient Egyptians is a belief in the afterlife.

Incorrect.

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Although a phrase in the form of x of y appears in this sentence (practices and customs of the Ancient Egyptians), this phrase does not form the grammatical subject of the sentence. Therefore, it is not an x of y subject Stop Sign.

Correct!

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The subject of this sentence is a belief in the afterlife, which is preceded by the verb is. This is a Stop Sign indicating a possible Subject Verb Agreement mistake.

Incorrect.

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You correctly noticed that two nouns in this sentence are connected by and (practices and customs) - but these two nouns are not singular nor are they the grammatical subject of the sentence. Therefore, the phrase practices and customs is not a plural subject/singular Stop Sign and does not indicate a possible Subject Verb Agreement mistake.

plural subject/singular nouns connected by and
x of y subject
verb precedes subject