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Sentence Correction: Preposition Questions - Split Constructions

Financial advisors recommend that families account and manage all of their expenses.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The verb account requires a preposition in order to logically connect to their expenses. Families should account for their expenses.

What helps us identify this question as a Split Construction question and identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

A split construction: Verb A + and/or + Verb B + object

Although this answer choice corrects the original Split Construction error by inserting the preposition for, it creates a Subjunctive error. Recommend is one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after recommend that should be in base form. However, accounted and managed are not in base form.

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

propose/recommend/require/request/insist/suggest/mandate/ask/demand that

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, make sure that the following verb is in its base form.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Split Construction error by inserting the preposition for, it creates a Subjunctive error. Recommend is one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after recommend that should be in base form. However, accounting and managing are not in base form.

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

propose/recommend/require/request/insist/suggest/mandate/ask/demand that

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, make sure that the following verb is in its base form.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Split Construction error by inserting the preposition for, it creates a Subjunctive error. Recommend is one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after recommend that should be in base form. However, have accounted and managed are not in base form.

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

propose/recommend/require/request/insist/suggest/mandate/ask/demand that

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, make sure that the following verb is in its base form.

Nicely done!

This answer choice corrects the original Split Construction error by inserting the preposition for
It also uses the Subjunctive form correctly by using the base form of a verb (account, manage) to follow the phrase recommend that.

account and manage
accounted for and managed
accounting for and managing
account for and manage
have accounted for and managed