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Subject - Verb Agreement - Exercise 6

Directions: Write your answers in the space provided under each item. When you have completed both Parts I and II of the exercise, click on "Check My Answers" and check your answers with those on the answer key.

Part I

Directions: Each sentence below contains an indefinite pronoun subject. Choose the correct verb from the parentheses to agree with the subject. Write your answers in the space provided under each item.

1. One of the many cultures studied by anthropologists (is, are) the Kwakiutl Indians.

2. This group of Indians (lives, live) on the Canadian Coast.

3. Often the leader of the Kwakiutl dances, (foams, foam) at the mouth and (tosses, toss) burning ashes into the crowd.

4. Wealth, like cedar bark blankets, canoes, and large sculptured copper pieces, (is, are) important to the Kwakiutl.

5. To the Kwakiutl, one of the copper pieces (equals, equal) a thousand cedar bark blankets.

Part II

Directions: This group of sentences contains a mixture of correct and incorrect subject-verb combinations. Read each sentence carefully. If the subject and verb agree, write "correct" in the space provided below. If the subject and verb do not agree, correct the sentence. Write the corrections in the space below.

6. Kwakiutl ceremonies for showing one’s wealth is called “potlatches.”

7. The host of a potlatch tries to shame his rival by displaying his wealth.

8. The host with all these goods sometimes even throw them into a giant bonfire.

9. The rival without equal amounts of riches feel greatly ashamed.

10. In our culture, some behaviors of the Kwatiutl Indian is not acceptable.



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