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Sentence Correction: Subject Verb Agreement - A Plural Subject Consisting of Singular Nouns that are Connected by 'and'

Although Jane's charm and beauty draws people to her, she is somewhat insecure.

Good!

This answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, by changing the singular verb draws to the plural verb draw, to match the plural subject charm and beauty.

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Notice that the change of wording from somewhat to a bit does not change the meaning of the original sentence.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The plural subject charm and beauty does not agree with the singular verb draws.

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, it is stylistically flawed. Adding the opposition word nevertheless creates redundancy as the sentence already includes an opposition word (Although).

In addition, the omission of the word somewhat slightly changes the meaning of the original sentence.  

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, the omission of the word somewhat changes the meaning of the original sentence. Being insecure is not the same as being somewhat insecure. 

Did you notice the omission of the word somewhat?

Paying closer attention to details is your lesson, then. Changes in the sentence may not always revolve around the original mistake.

After eliminating answer choices that repeat the original mistake, you should read the remaining answer choices carefully, comparing them word for word. 

How did you think that the omission of the word somewhat affected the sentence?

Actually, it didn't. Since being secure is not quite the same as being somewhat insecure, the omission of the word somewhat created some meaning loss. It made the sentence shorter, but not more concise. Conciseness means expressing the exact same meaning in fewer words.

Since being secure is not quite the same as being somewhat insecure, the omission of the word somewhat created some meaning loss. The correct answer to a Sentence Correction question should correct the original sentence if it is grammatically incorrect or stylistically flawed, but it should do so without changing the meaning of the original sentence.   

You're right - it did. The omission of the word somewhat created some meaning loss. And that's exactly why you should have eliminated this answer choice and chosen an answer choice that is both grammatically correct and preserves the original meaning

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The plural subject charm and beauty does not agree with the singular verb draws.

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Also, this answer choice is stylistically inferior to the original sentence. The addition of the word her before the word beauty creates redundancy.  

and beauty draws people to her, she is somewhat
and beauty draw people to her, she is nevertheless
and beauty draw people to her, she is a bit
and beauty draw people to her, she is
and her beauty draws people to her, she is slightly
Yes
No
It made the sentence more concise.
It did not affect the sentence whatsoever.
It made the sentence worse.