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Official Book ERROR

nash_nowitzkinash_nowitzki 72 replies8 threads Junior Member
edited March 2006 in SAT Preparation
practice test 8 ,page 846 # 14


14. (Introducing) new ideas and replacing (old ones) (is) always a highly controversial matter, especially (when) there is already tension between an older a a younger generation.



Obviouslym "is" is wrong. Since two things are connected by the conjunction AND, the verb followed should be plural.


Anyhow, the blue book says the answer is NO error. Anyone can explain this?
edited March 2006
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  • ArtiArti 579 replies38 threads Member
    The subject is the gerund "introducing." It is not an error.
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  • lazybutsmartlazybutsmart 119 replies60 threads Junior Member
    A controversial matter [is] introducing and ...
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  • rightwingrightwing 456 replies32 threads Member
    correct. It is very tricky, but if u look close you see that introducing is in fact the subject because the noun is "the act of introducing"
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  • MurasakiMurasaki 1985 replies161 threads Senior Member
    Rightwing is very correct. I made the exact same error this morning. That's the only question out of 35 I got wrong.
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  • lazybutsmartlazybutsmart 119 replies60 threads Junior Member
    then what is replacing?
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  • nash_nowitzkinash_nowitzki 72 replies8 threads Junior Member
    HOw about this sentence ???

    The introduction and replacement of ideas (is / are) controversial in today's world
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  • regurgitatingcowregurgitatingcow 253 replies15 threads Junior Member
    nash...i have been wondering about this piece for so long
    and i agree with you completely.
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  • ArtiArti 579 replies38 threads Member
    HOw about this sentence ???

    The introduction and replacement of ideas (is / are) controversial in today's world

    Are, because in this case, the subject actually is "introduction and replacement"
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  • bahbah 133 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Why does college board regard this question as an easy question?
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  • chickenandwafflechickenandwaffle 43 replies23 threads Junior Member
    "a highly controversial matter" is singular

    that means the verb has to be singular
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  • gxinggxing 1809 replies106 threads Senior Member
    First of all, College Board is correct. In the sentence, "(Introducing) new ideas and replacing (old ones)" functions as a single unit and is therefore a singular subject requiring the correct verb "is." Just because they're joined by and doesn't mean that it's plural.

    For example:

    "Milk and cereal IS my favorite breakfast."
    "a highly controversial matter" is singular

    that means the verb has to be singular

    This is not true. In literature, especially in metaphors, singular subject/plural predicate nominative is often used. Quick example:

    I am his wings.
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