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Sentence Correction: Subject Verb Agreement - A Complex Subject/Long Distance between Subject and Verb

In 1992, Christopher McCandless initiated his ill-fated attempt to live off the land in Alaska despite the locals' warnings that trying to survive in the wilderness without supplies often spell an untimely, foolish death.

Incorrect.

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

Remember that a subject in the form of Verb+ing is considered a singular subject.

Incorrect.

Although it corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, this answer choice changes the meaning of the original sentence. Changing the location of the time phrase in 1992 makes it seem as if the locals' warning were given in 1992, rather than McCandles' attempt.

Incorrect.

Although it corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, this answer choice is stylistically flawed. The word still repeats the meaning of the word despite, creating redundancy.

Incorrect.

Although it corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, this answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The singular subject living does not agree with the plural verb prove.

Remember that a subject in the form of Verb+ing is considered a singular subject.

Excellent!

This answer choice corrects the original grammatical mistake: the singular subject trying does not agree with the plural verb spell.

Remember that a subject in the form of Verb+ing is considered a singular subject.

In 1992, Christopher McCandless initiated his ill-fated attempt to live off the land in Alaska despite the locals' warnings that trying to survive in the wilderness without supplies often spell an untimely, foolish death
Christopher McCandless initiated his ill-attempted attempt to live off the land in Alaska despite the locals' warnings in 1992 that trying to survive in the wilderness without supplies often spells an untimely, foolish death
In 1992, despite the locals' warnings that trying to survive in the wilderness without supplies often spells an untimely, foolish death, Christopher McCandless still initiated his ill-fated attempt to live off the land in Alaska
In 1992, Christopher McCandless initiated his ill-fated attempt to live off the land in Alaska despite the locals' warnings that trying to survive in the wilderness without supplies often spells an untimely, foolish death
In 1992, despite the locals' warnings that trying to survive without supplies often spells an untimely, foolish death, Christopher McCandless initiated his ill-fated attempt, hoping that living off the land in Alaskan wilderness prove possible