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Sentence Correction: Subject Verb Agreement - X of Y Subject

Critics of auteur theory in cinema insist that much of the acclaim accorded to great film directors deserve to be shared with all the creative collaborators on the movie set.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The plural verb deserve does not agree with the singular subject much of the acclaim.

What helps us identify this question as a Subject Verb Agreement question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

x of y subject

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, it is stylistically flawed. The use of the added phrase with which is redundant. There is another answer choice that is more concise

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, it creates a new grammatical mistake. The article many can describe only count nouns whereas acclaim is a non-count noun.

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Well done!

This answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake by changing the plural verb deserve to the singular verb deserves, to match the singular subject much of the acclaim.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The article many can describe only count nouns whereas acclaim is a non-count noun.

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Furthermore, the phrase deserving to be shared ... is awkward and stylistically inferior to other answer choices.

much of the acclaim accorded to great film directors deserve
great film directors are accorded with many of the acclaim deserving
much of the acclaim accorded to great film directors deserves
much of the acclaim with which great film directors are accorded deserves
many of the acclaim accorded to great film directors deserve