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

The Girl Scouts team take the national competition very seriously and have been rigorously selling cupcakes for the past four weeks.

That's right!

This answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, by changing the plural verbs take and have with the singular verbs takes and has, to match the singular subject team.

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistakes, it doesn't fit into the original sentence, because of the repetition of the word four.

This answer choice corrects one of the original Subject Verb Agreement mistakes by replacing the plural verb take with the singular takes. However, it repeats the other original Subject Verb Agreement mistake: the singular subject team does not agree with the plural verb have.

Two Stop Signs help us identify this question as a Subject Verb Agreement question as well as identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

- A pseudo-plural singular subject

- A long complex subject / long distance between the subject and the verb 

Incorrect.

This answer choice corrects one of the original Subject Verb Agreement mistakes by replacing the plural verb have with the singular has. However, it repeats the other original Subject Verb Agreement mistake: the singular subject team does not agree with the plural verb take.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The singular subject team does not agree with the plural verbs take and have.

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take the national competition very seriously and have been rigorously selling cupcakes for the past
take the national competition very seriously and has been rigorously selling cupcakes for the last
takes the national competition very seriously and have been rigorously selling cupcakes for the past
takes the national competition very seriously and has been rigorously selling cupcakes for the past four
takes the national competition very seriously and has been rigorously selling cupcakes for the last