Sentence Correction: Tenses: Reported Speech

Teachers at a public high school stated that although anti-racism workshops had been conducted with the student body, the incidence of racist remarks were still considerably high.

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This answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement error by matching the singular subject incidence of racist remarks with the singular verb was. It also follows the Reported Speech rule which states that when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past.

Incorrect.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement error, by changing the plural verb were to the singular verb was, it is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, are is in the Present.

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Incorrect.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement error, by changing the plural verb were to the singular verb was, it creates a new grammatical Tense mistake. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, are being and is are in the Present.

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Incorrect.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Subject Verb Agreement error, by changing the plural verb were to the singular verb was, it is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, have been is in the Present Perfect.

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Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect.

The incidence of racist remarks is an X of Y subject. In such cases, the verb should agree with X (incidence), which is singular. However, the verb were is plural.

The Stop Sign that helps you identify this question as a Subject Verb Agreement question as well as identify this mistake is:

- an X of Y subject

although anti-racism workshops had been conducted with the student body, the incidence of racist remarks were

even though anti-racism workshops have been conducted with the student body, the incidence of racist remarks was

although anti-racism workshops are being conducted with the student body, the incidence of racist remarks is

although anti-racism workshops are conducted with the student body, the incidence of racist remarks was

even though anti-racism workshops had been conducted with the student body, the incidence of racist remarks was

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