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Sentence Correction: Preposition and Idiom Questions - Overview

In light of recent tragic events, numerous school boards are insisting that the government allocates them funds to install metal detectors and hire security personnel.

This answer choice creates a Subjunctive error. Insist one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after insisting that should be in base form. However, allocates is 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.

This answer choice repeats the original Subjunctive error. Insist one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after insisting that should be in base form. However, allocated is 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.

This answer choice creates a Subjunctive error. Insist one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after insisting that should be in base form. However, has allocated is 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 Subjunctive error by using the base form verb allocate, it is grammatically incorrect. The correct idiom is in light of, not in light with.

That's right!

Insist
one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This answer choice, therefore, correctly uses the base form verb allocate to follow insisting that.

of recent tragic events, numerous school boards are insisting that the government allocates
of recent tragic events, numerous school boards are insisting that the government allocated
with recent tragic events, numerous school boards are insisting that the government allocate
of recent tragic events, numerous school boards are insisting that the government allocate
of recent tragic events, numerous school boards are insisting that the government has allocated