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On the lawn at Leeuwin when we arrived was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds a bit like that number.

(A)was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it was flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds

(B)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around them were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds

(C)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sound

(D)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds

(E)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because its chatter sounds
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which is correct "their chatter sounds a bit ... " or their chatter sound a bit ..."

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On the lawn at Leeuwin when we arrived was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds a bit like that number.

(A)was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it was flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds
"was! is wrong
(B)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around them were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds
"them" cannot refer to a singular name.
(C)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sound
"chatter" is singular
(D)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds
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(E)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because its chatter sounds
"its" cannot refer to a plural name (flocks)
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Re: On the lawn at Leeuwin when we arrived was two kinds of bird [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 00:18
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Friend: the first message is: please underline you’re the required portions. Some time it is difficult to make head or tail.

Chatter is a collective noun and subject in this case and is singular and therefore ‘sounds’ is the right verb. Otherwise, we will be simply musing whether sound is a verb or noun.

The actual choice is for those who may be interested.

On the lawn at Leeuwin when we arrived was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds a bit like that number.

(A)was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it was flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds --- the verb ‘was’ is a glaring SV number error

(B)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around them were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds --- them has to refer to the helicopter; a wrong pronoun number agreement

(C)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sound--- their chatter ‘siound’ is wrong SV number agreement

(D)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds—Correct choice. No Subject- verb number or Subject - pronoun number agreement errors.

(E)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because its chatter sounds – flocks/ parrots and its – wrong subject pronoun number agreement
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On the lawn at Leeuwin when we arrived was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds a bit like that number.

(A)was two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it was flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds

(B)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around them were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds

(C)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sound

(D)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because their chatter sounds

(E)were two kinds of birds: one was a helicopter, waiting perhaps to whisk a moneyed client to Perth, and swooping around it were flocks of noisy little green parrots called 28s, supposedly because its chatter sounds


Here the sentence is long and thus the errors, though those are simple errors, are obscured and take a little time to get detected. I am surprised to see only one error in each incorrect option.

A) Subject-verb disagreement: singular verb "was" does not agree with plural subject "two kinds".
B) Pronoun error: plural pronour "their" has the singular antecedent "helicopter".
C) Subject-verb disagreement: plural verb "sound" does not agree with singular subject "chatter".
D) Correct. There is no S-V agreement problem or pronoun referencing problem.
E) Pronoun error: singular pronour "its" has the plural antecedent "flocks".

Correct answer is D.
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