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Somebasic stuff

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Post Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:57 pm
hey guys
i am jsut brushing up on some basic stuff and am confused on the following. can you help?
1) Strawberries and Cream (was/were) the only dessert.
i think it is were? correct/wrong?

2)our chief hope today (is/are) the men and women with a broder vision.
what is the subject in this?

thanks in advance

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Post Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:02 am
thanks dblazquez. very good response.

i would love to hear more about figuring out subjects/objects?

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Spidey's Sentence Correction Notes is a great place to begin your GMAT grammar prep...

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Post Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:02 am
thanks dblazquez. very good response.

i would love to hear more about figuring out subjects/objects?

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Post Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:02 am
Spidey's Sentence Correction Notes is a great place to begin your GMAT grammar prep...

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Post Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:27 am
Come on, questions are never stupid; but sometimes answers are Smile

ant this one definetely makes reader think!

You are pointing an interesing question, how to detemine the subject? ok, the typical answer is "ask to the veb who is doing the action". This approach is pretty straight on active verbs (like eat, have, speak...) but with the to be, can be more difficult, IMO.

Lets put a simpler example
My cat (is/are) fat and lazy.

in this case it's clear which one is the correct, right?

i think in this case, the subject is determined by what part of the sentence we want to put the stress on. In the original example, we are putting the stress on "hope", becaming the subject of the main verb "to be". But we could put the stress also in the man and women
The man and women with a broader vision ARE our hope today.

So, we have also to look for the semantic meaning of the sentence... any gramma rule can backup this idea?

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