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Exercise 15. Explain why the predicate — verb is used in the singular or in the plural.




1. The family

 

 

Were

still at table, but they had finished breakfast. (Twain) 2. There

 

 

Was

a crowd of soldiers along the fence in the infield. (Hemingway) 3.... the band

 

 

Was

 

Stopped

, the crowd

 

 

Were

partially

 

 

Quieted

, and Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, was permitted to proceed. (Dickens) 4. Down by the Embankment... a band of unemployed

 

 

Were trailing

dismally with money-boxes. (Galsworthy) 5. The multitude

 

 

Have

something else to do than to read hearts and interpret dark sayings. (Ch. Bronte) 6. The newly married pair, on their arrival in Harley Street, Cavendish Square, London

 

 

Were

 

Received

by the chief butler. (Dickens) 7. There

 

 

Was

a dreaminess, a preoccupation, an exaltation, in the maternal look which the girl could not understand. (Hardy) 8. The company

 

 

Are

cool and calm. (Dickens) 9. As of old, nineteen hours of labour a day

 

 

Was

all too little to suit him. (London) 10. There

 

 

Were

still two hours of daylight before them. (Aldington) 11. At last they came into a maze of dust, where a quantity of people

 

 

Were tumbling

over one another... (Dickens) 12. Tom's whole class

 

 

Were

of a pattern-restless, noisy and troublesome. (Twain) 13. A group of men

 

 

Were standing

guarded by carabinieri. (Hemingway) 14. The loving couple

 

 

Were

no longer happy. (Reade)

 






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