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# Every workday at dawn, the patriarch of one of the city’s five richest

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Updated on: 06 Mar 2019, 02:15
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Every workday at dawn, the patriarch of one of the city’s five richest families leaves his mansion and walks to city hall.

A. richest families leaves his mansion and walks
B. richest families leave his mansion and walk
C. richest families leaves his mansion and walk
D. richer families leave his mansion and walks
E. richer families leaves his mansion and walks

Spoiler: :: OE
The original sentence contains no errors. The superlative “richest” correctly describes
“families.” The verbs “leaves” and “walks” agree with the singular subject, “the
patriarch.”
(A) CORRECT. This choice is correct as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) This choice has a verb error; “leave” and “walk” are plural and do not agree with
the singular subject, “the patriarch.”
(C) This choice has a verb error; “walk” is plural and does not agree with the singular
subject, “the patriarch.”
(D) This choice has a verb error; “leave” is plural and does not agree with the singular
subject, “the patriarch.” Also, this choice incorrectly uses quantity
expressions. “Richer” is incorrect, as the comparative form is used when discussing
groups of two. “Richest” is correct for groups of three or more.
(E) This choice incorrectly uses quantity expressions. “Richer” is incorrect, as the
comparative form is used when discussing groups of two. “Richest” is correct for
groups of three or more.

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Originally posted by souvik101990 on 13 Feb 2015, 09:47.
Last edited by Bunuel on 06 Mar 2019, 02:15, edited 1 time in total.
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13 Feb 2015, 10:23
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The subject of the sentence is the patriarch, so the matching verbs are leaves and walks.
As there are more than two families, we must use the superlative richest.

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13 Feb 2015, 10:27
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Every workday at dawn, the patriarch-{singular Subject} of one of the city’s five richest families leaves his mansion and walks to city hall.

A. richest families leaves his mansion and walks - correct
B. richest families leave his mansion and walk - wrong
C. richest families leaves his mansion and walk - wrong
D. richer families leave his mansion and walks - comparative form used for comparison , wrong here.
E. richer families leaves his mansion and walks - comparative form used for comparison , wrong here.
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05 Jul 2016, 00:33
[quote="souvik101990"]Every workday at dawn, the patriarch of one of the city’s five richest families leaves his mansion and walks to city hall.

A. richest families leaves his mansion and walks
B. richest families leave his mansion and walk
C. richest families leaves his mansion and walk
D. richer families leave his mansion and walks
E. richer families leaves his mansion and walks

the patriarch of..... is singular ===>needs a singular verb
walkS leaveS

richeST because the comparison is among the 5 families not between 2 of them
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13 Sep 2016, 06:57
Thanks for the clear explanation.Makes sense
321kumarsushant wrote:
Every workday at dawn, the patriarch-{singular Subject} of one of the city’s five richest families leaves his mansion and walks to city hall.

A. richest families leaves his mansion and walks - correct
B. richest families leave his mansion and walk - wrong
C. richest families leaves his mansion and walk - wrong
D. richer families leave his mansion and walks - comparative form used for comparison , wrong here.
E. richer families leaves his mansion and walks - comparative form used for comparison , wrong here.
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20 Oct 2016, 00:06
There are three cases involve in this question :
1. Comparisons : We use superlative "richest" instead of "richer" to compare among five elements > eliminate D, E
2. S&V agreement : The patriarch is singular subject, it must be followed by singular verb such "leaves" > eliminate B
3. Parallelism : singular verb "leaves" must be parallel to another singular verb, hence "walks" is the correct one > eliminate C

Note: sorry for my bad English. I'm very welcome for correction and input
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30 Mar 2019, 07:43
Patriarch is singular so leaves and Walks
And Superlative degree must be used

+1 A

Every workday at dawn, the patriarch of one of the city’s five richest families leaves his mansion and walks to city hall.

A. richest families leaves his mansion and walks
B. richest families leave his mansion and walk
C. richest families leaves his mansion and walk
D. richer families leave his mansion and walks
E. richer families leaves his mansion and walks
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12 Aug 2019, 23:24
i was first going for b ... then only answer is A

becoz
2. S&V agreement : The patriarch is singular subject, it must be followed by singular verb such "leaves"

so eliminate B
Re: Every workday at dawn, the patriarch of one of the city’s five richest   [#permalink] 12 Aug 2019, 23:24
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