posted by mysterychicken .
Are these correctly answered?-
Choose the answer that best completes the sentence:
1.Painting the door in the storage area were Lizzie and ______
2.Each of the boys had prepared _____ remarks well.
3.Carefully balanced on the arm of the chair _______ a stack of books.
4.Either two chairs or a small sofa ____ in this space.
5.Just then, a flock of ducks ______ right in the swimming pool!
6._____ $30 a lot to pay for a pair of socks?
1, 2, and 6 are correct.
I respectfully disagree; I believe # 6 is also wrong. Thirty dollars, in my opinion, is considered singular. If we turn the question around and make it a statement, we get "Thirty dollars is a lot to pay for a pair of socks."
When I taught grammar, I taught the students to put parentheses around all prepositional phrases. That helps you find the verb, subject, and objects in a sentence.
For instance, # 3 --
Carefully balanced (on the arm) (of the chair) _______ a stack (of books).
This leaves Carefully balanced ____ a stack.
What is the subject of this verb? What should the verb be?
If you need help with prepositions and prepositional phrases, study these sites.
Oh, you're right. 6 should be singular.
(too fast reading, again!)