Thursday, 18 July 2013

Sentence Correction Exercise 9



If two subjects are joined by 'as well as' the verb will be used according to first subject preceding 'as well as'. 

For example:
My sons as well as I are.......
I as well as my brother am .........



Question 1 : He as well as you are to blame.

Select the correct option :
Option A : He as well as you are to blame.
Option B : You as well as he is to blame.
Option C : He as well as you is to blame.
Option D : None of these.



ANSWER:

In case of 'as well as' verb is used according to the subject preceding it. In this case it will be according to'He'. 

He as well as you is to blame.





If two subjects are joined by 'and' the verb will be used that of plural. For example:

He and his friends are.....
You and your brother were.......

If two subjects joined by 'and' give impression of one entity a verb in singular form is used For example : 

The secretary and presiding officer is .......



If two subjects are joined by 'either ....or ' or 'neither ...nor' verb  will be used according to subject following 'or, nor'. 

For example:


Either you or your brother is responsible for the lapse.
Neither she nor her sisters have stolen the purse.
Neither you nor your brother is allowed to go there.


When Cor-relative join two sentences, one of these sentences generally has the Nominative after the verb. 

For example :

Not only was he a fool but also a knave.
No sooner did the hunter see the deer than he fired at him.
Scarcely had I reached home when it started raining.

Some examples 

Not only he is a miser but also mean.
No sooner did we reach the school than the bell rang.
Scarcely had they entered the room when the lights went off.
No sooner did the mother go away than the child started crying.
Not only the old man is rich but also kind. 



In a sentence when the subject is an Interrogative Pronoun it comes before the verb.


For example :

Who stole the purse?
Which is your book?
What is your name?






Question 2 : Leave the room or else you will be caught.


Select the correct option :
Option A : Leave the room else you will be caught.
Option B : Leave the room or you will get caught.
Option C : Both are correct.
Option D : None of these.





ANSWER :
The words 'else' and 'or' have the same meaning. So only one of these two will be used.

4 comments:

  1. Can u please explain the logic behind the first Question's answer?

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  2. @Varun Vuppala:
    The basic thing to understand here is that in case of 'as well as' verb or helping verb is used according to the first subject i.e. the subject preceding the word'as well as' Here it is He and according to He 'is' to be used. If there were the word I it would have been 'am' here. I think it is clear to you now.

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  3. Good post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Appreciate it! KISS English

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  4. There are chapters following this in which the basic facts are explained and examples are given. Nevertheless you are always welcome if any information on the topic is required. Thanks.

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