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Oct 9 2008   9:26AM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business — relative pronouns and verb agreement

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

handshake.jpg Which is correct?
IAM is a combination of business processes, policies and technologies that ______ organizations to provide secure access to confidential data.
a. allows
b. allow

Answer: a

Explanation:
That is a relative pronoun referring back to combination. Because combination is a singular noun, we use the singular verb form, allows.

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