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The audience in soccer matches are oftentimes hard to control.
This answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement mistake, by changing the plural verb are to the singular verb is, to match the singular subject audience.
What is the subject of this sentence?
Correct. Is audience a singular or plural subject?
Correct. Audience is a singular subject. and that's the problem with this answer choice: the subject audience is singular, and the verb are is plural.
Audience is a singular noun. While the meaning of audience is that there is more than one person, grammatically audience is a singular noun. The plural form is audiences.
So here's our mistake: the singular subject audience does not agree with the plural verb are.
While matches is part of the subject, it is not the core of the subject. The core subject is audience.
While this answer choice corrects the original mistake, it doesn't stop there and makes another change - replacing the original oftentimes with sometimes. This change is both unnecessary (oftentimes is not a mistake, so it shouldn't be corrected) and creates a change in meaning.
While this answer choice corrects the original mistake, it replaces the original The with An, and changes soccer matches to a soccer match. These changes are unnecessary.
Since there's an answer choices that corrects the original mistake without making any further unnecessary changes, it is superior to this answer choice.
I'm not sure