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English Grammar Multiple Questions Section 1

01. The students and instructors each ________for a new facility by next year.
(a) hopes
(b) hope
(c) has hoped
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) When ‘each’ or ‘every’ comes after the compound subject, a plural verb – ‘hope’ – is appropriate.

02. Either my mother or my father ________ coming to the meeting.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) have been
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) “either…or” referring to one person so singular verb will be used. (father or mother=both singular)

03. The dog or the cats __________ outside.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) was
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) In this case when one subject is singular and the other is plural, “The dog or the cats”, we use verb agrees with the one before the blank.

04. Either my shoes or your coat _________ always on the floor.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) were
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) In this case when one subject is singular and the other is plural, “Either my shoes or your coat” we use verb agrees with the one before the blank.

05. One of my sisters _______ going on a trip to France.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) have been
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) The subject of this sentence is ‘one,’ which is, of course, singular.

06. The man with all the birds ___________ on my street.
(a) live
(b) lives
(c) are living
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) The man is the subject and it is singular.

07. The movie, including all the previews, __________ about two hours to watch.
(a) take
(b) takes
(c) have taken
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) The movie is the subject and it is singular.

08. The players, as well as the captain, ___________ to win.
(a) want
(b) wants
(c) has wanted
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) “The players” is the subject and it is plural.

09. Either answer _________ acceptable.
(a) is
(b) were
(c) were
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) Singular verb is used with “either.”

10. Every one of those books ____fiction.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) were
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) Singular verb is used with “everyone.”

11. Nobody ______the trouble I’ve seen.
(a) know
(b) knows
(c) have known
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) Singular verb is used with “nobody.”

12. ________the news on at five or six?
(a) is
(b) are
(c) were
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) “News” is uncountable and is used with singular verbs.

13. Mathematics ________ Mansoor’s favorite subject.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) have been
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) “mathematics” including “s” is the name of the subject and does not make a plural form.

14. Eight dollars __________ the price of a movie these days.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) have been
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) Singular verb is used with money.

15. Your pants _______ at the cleaner’s.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) was
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) “Pants” is plural noun.

16. The committee _________ these questions carefully.
(a) debates
(b) debate
(c) have debated
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) “Committee” is used as a single unit so “debates” is the answer.

17. The committee ____________very different lives in private.
(a) leads
(b) lead
(c) has been leading
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) “Committee” although is a single unit but here it is referring to each member individually as “different lives” so a plural verb will be used.

18. The Prime Minister, together with his wife, __________the press cordially.
(a) greets
(b) greet
(c) have greeted
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) Subject is “Prime Minister”, and it is singular.

19. All of the CDs, even the scratched one, ____________ in this case.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) was
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) Subject is “All of the CDs” and it is plural.

20. Neither the Minister nor his colleagues ______________ given any explanation for this.
(a) have
(b) has
(c) was
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) Although singular verb is used with “neither…nor”, but in this case when one subject is singular and the other is plural, “Neither the Minister nor his colleagues”, we use the verb that agrees with the one before the blank.

21. Neither the children nor the mother __________ bought anything.
(a) have
(b) has
(c) are
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) In this case when one subject is singular and the other is plural, “Neither the children nor the mother”, we use the verb that agrees with the one before the blank.

22. The jury ___________ divided in their opinion.
(a) was
(b) has
(c) are
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) Although “jury” is a unit but here it is referring to its members individually “in their opinion”.

23. One of my best friends _____________ on leave this week.
(a) is
(b) are
(c) were
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(a) One is the subject and is singular.

24. Not only the students but also their instructor ________ been called to the principal’s office.
(a) have
(b) has
(c) have not
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) With paired conjunctions such as “either … or” and “not only … but also”, the subject closer to the verb determines whether the verb will be singular or plural such as “instructor”.

25. Each and every student and instructor in this building ________ for a new facility by next year.
(a) hope
(b) hopes
(c) have been hoping
(d) none of these
Answers with Reason
(b) The subject of the verb is ‘each and every,’ which is singular: the correct verb choice, then, is ‘hopes.’

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