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Sentence Correction: Subject Verb Agreement - A Pseudo-Plural Singular Subject

The concert was a huge success, and towards the end of the evening the audience were at one with the band.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The singular subject audience does not agree with the plural verb were.

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This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The singular subject audience does not agree with the plural verb were.

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In addition, replacing and with but changes the meaning of the original sentence.

While this answer choice corrects the original mistake and is grammatically correct, it changes the meaning of the original sentence by replacing the addition word and with the opposition word but. This change also produces an illogical sentence as the two parts of the sentence are not opposed to each other.

Did you notice the change from and to but?

The lesson to be learned here is the importance of paying close attention to details in the answer choices.

Do not assume that the only thing that changes in the answer choices is the part which was flawed in the original sentence. Different answer choices can make changes in various parts of the sentence.  

Did you go over the remaining answer choices?

Did you go over the remaining answer choices?

Good! That’s what you should have done.

The lesson to be learned here is not to automatically choose the first answer choice that corrects the original mistake. Remember that in Sentence Correction questions, we do not choose a correct answer but rather eliminate four incorrect answer choices and choose the last one standing.

After eliminating answer choices that repeat the original mistake (if there is one), you have to go over all the remaining answer choices carefully and compare them word for word. This is the only way you'll be able to correctly eliminate all but one of them.

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The singular subject audience does not agree with the plural verb were.

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In addition, this answer choice doesn't fit into the original sentence as a result of omitting the conjunction and.

You're right!

This answer choice correctly matches the singular verb was with the singular subject audience.

and towards the end of the evening the audience were
but towards the end of the evening the audience were
but towards the end of the evening the audience was
towards the end of the evening the audience were
and towards the end of the evening the audience was
Yes, I did.
No, I didn't.
Yes, I did.
No, I stopped after this one.
Yes, I did.
No, I stopped after this one.