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The Russian government, in response to the actions of an American adoptive mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia, may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(A) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(B) may demand an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(C) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture, and actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(D) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; actions that could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(E) may demand that an American adoptive parent provides his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.
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This is essentially a test of the use of the command subjunctive



(A) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest. ----- Correct choice with the template demand, the connector that and the base form of the verb ‘provide’

(B) may demand an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest. ------ ---That --- is missing

(C) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture, and actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest. --- child’s Russian language and culture, and actions--- depicts actions as part of the childs’ doings.

(D) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; actions that could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest. ---The intervening semi colon is wrong. What follows the semi colon is not an IC

(E) may demand that an American adoptive parent provides his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest. ----present tense form of the verb --- provides --- is wrong in a command subjunctive
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Probably a stupid query but nonetheless ....

Isn't "American adoptive parent" a singular subject?
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Probably a stupid query but nonetheless ....

Isn't "American adoptive parent" a singular subject?


Remember a rule "subjunctive verb is always plural"
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Probably a stupid query but nonetheless ....

Isn't "American adoptive parent" a singular subject?


That's really true subjunctive verb must always have plural verb.
But i would like to point out that had the subjunctive not used it would have been "Provides" because parent is singular.
Parents is plural
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Probably a stupid query but nonetheless ....

Isn't "American adoptive parent" a singular subject?


May demand - necessitates use of subjunctive verb (bossy verbs). In this case we need to use plural form of verb.
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The Russian government, in response to the actions of an American adoptive mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia, may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(A) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(B) may demand an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(C) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture, and actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(D) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; actions that could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(E) may demand that an American adoptive parent provides his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.


Good question, testing multiple topics at a go. 1st i notice semi-colons. Now both left and right parts to a semi-colon must be independent clauses. This eliminates D. In C 'and' is incorrectly use. The parallelism is violated here. Actions is acting as action noun whereas Demand is an action verb. Now in E parents provides in incorrect as parent is singular. Gone.

Now Between A and B. A wins out as demand is a Bossy verb that requires command subjunctive.

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The Russian government, in response to the actions of an American adoptive mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia, may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(A) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(B) may demand an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(C) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture, and actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(D) may demand that an American adoptive parent provide his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; actions that could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.

(E) may demand that an American adoptive parent provides his or her child with an environment that preserves the child’s Russian language and culture; some argue that such actions could sacrifice children's lives to a phantom national interest.


Good question, testing multiple topics at a go. 1st i notice semi-colons. Now both left and right parts to a semi-colon must be independent clauses. This eliminates D. In C 'and' is incorrectly use. The parallelism is violated here. Actions is acting as action noun whereas Demand is an action verb. Now in E parents provides in incorrect as parent is singular. Gone.

Now Between A and B. A wins out as demand is a Bossy verb that requires command subjunctive.

Hope it helps!



I think that the coloured portion is wrong ...
Singular will agree with provides only.

In this case, the subject is subjunctive and hence plural, hence E is incorrect.
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Is use of semi-colon in option (A) correct?, because the second clause doesn`t seem to stand independent
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Nah! It has a subject and a verb, it should be fine :lol:

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Is use of semi-colon in option (A) correct?, because the second clause doesn`t seem to stand independent
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