Sentence Correction: Subject–Verb Agreement Questions: Overview

The Kennedy family exemplifies the connection between fame and misfortune, as two of their members were assassinated and three others died in aircraft crashes.

Correct!

This answer choice corrects the original Pronoun mistake by replacing the plural pronoun their with the singular pronoun its, which agrees with the noun it describes, family (singular).

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice attempts to correct the original Pronoun disagreement mistake, by changing the plural pronoun their to the singular pronoun it, it creates a new Pronoun disagreement, by changing the Kennedy family to the Kennedies.  The singular pronoun it does not agree with the plural noun, Kennedies.

Furthermore, the plural subject Kennedies does not agree with the singular verb exemplifies.

Incorrect.

While this answer choice seems to correct the original Pronoun disagreement mistake, by changing the plural pronoun their to the singular pronoun its, it creates a new Pronoun disagreement, by changing the Kennedy family to the Kennedies.  The singular pronoun its does not agree with the plural noun, Kennedies.

In addition, the corrected sentence omits the verb were after the word members, thus changing the meaning of the original sentence. 

Why did you choose this answer choice?

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original Pronoun mistake: the plural pronoun their refers to the singular noun family.

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Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect: the plural pronoun their does not agree with the noun it describes, family, which is singular.

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Sometimes test takers hastily choose the first answer choice that seems to correct the original mistake, without looking for additional changes in the rest of the underlined section. Take care to avoid doing this.

Sometimes test takers fail to notice that certain changes are unnecessary and unnecessarily change the meaning of the sentence. Check to see whether the changes in the sentence are necessary, and whether they radically change the originally meaning.

Omitting were indicates that the two Kennedy family members are the ones who assassinated (=actively) others, in contrast to the original sentence (and historic truth) that tells us that they were assassinated (by others).

On top of that, assassinated is a verb that requires an object, but in this sentence there is no indication of who the members assassinated, creating a grammatical mistake.

Kennedy family exemplifies the connection between fame and misfortune, as two of their members were

Kennedy family exemplifies the connection of fame to misfortune because two of their members were

Kennedies exemplify the connection between fame and misfortune, as two of its members

Kennedies exemplifies the connection between fame and misfortune, as two of its members were

Kennedy family exemplifies the connection between fame and misfortune, as two of its members were

I thought it fixed the Pronoun disagreement by changing Kennedy to Kennedies

I didn't notice that "were" was omitted

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