Writing for Business

Feb 27 2014   4:57PM GMT

Subject-verb agreement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse


Which is correct?

The manager who reviewed the proposals found that the quality of the proposals ______ generally good, but several failed to address compliance burdens in an adequate manner.
a. were
b. was

Answer: b

The noun quality is singular, so the correct answer is choice (b) was. It is correct to say the quality was, not the quality were.

Don’t be distracted by the prepositional phrase “of the proposals.”

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  • rebeccajoyB
    The subject and verb must agree in number: both must be singular, or both must be plural. I was distracted with the word proposals which is plural.
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