February 20, 2017

Homework Help: Grammar -- subject-verb agreement

Posted by Jack on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 1:59pm.

"Susannah Wheatley, wife of slaveholder John wheatley, took great interest in Phillis's education, and it was (she/her) who taught Phillis how to read and write English."

We're to choose the appropriate verb for the subject (Susannah Wheatley), but I'm having a bit of trouble with this one. They both seem correct (though 'she' sounds archaic), and I'm able to reconcile both with the sentence structure ('it was her' and 'she taught'). Am I going about it incorrectly or is it as ambiguous at it seems?

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