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18 Feb 2019, 08:35
A) Students at Carver High School are encouraged to pursue only those extracurricular activities from which stems success in college applications
B) success in college applications stems.

I had a doubt regarding subject verb agreement .

Here the students are encouraged to pursue activities which is plural -> Why are we using singular verb stems with this sentence ?
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18 Feb 2019, 09:20
Hi,
It is because "stems" refers to success, which is singular.
Hope that helps.

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18 Feb 2019, 09:28
bangsatul wrote:
Hi,
It is because "stems" refers to success, which is singular.
Hope that helps.

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From which would refer to extra curricular activities therefore 'stems' won't work here because 'stems' is singular.

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19 Feb 2019, 00:43
renjana wrote:
A) Students at Carver High School are encouraged to pursue only those extracurricular activities from which stems success in college applications
B) success in college applications stems.

I had a doubt regarding subject verb agreement .

Here the students are encouraged to pursue activities which is plural -> Why are we using singular verb stems with this sentence ?

Hi renjana, this is what is called as inverted sentence, wherein the Verb is used before the subject.

The non-inverted sentence is:

Success in college applications stems from extracurricular activities.

Now it is very clear that success is the subject and hence, stems is the correct verb.

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28 Feb 2019, 17:25
renjana wrote:
A) Students at Carver High School are encouraged to pursue only those extracurricular activities from which stems success in college applications
B) success in college applications stems.

I had a doubt regarding subject verb agreement .

Here the students are encouraged to pursue activities which is plural -> Why are we using singular verb stems with this sentence ?

One way to figure something like this out is to change the part of the sentence from a modifier, into an independent clause.

For example:

These are the candies which I bought = I bought the candies
We visited the town in which I was born = I was born in this town
Students are encouraged to pursue activities from which stems success = Success stems from these activities

It sounds really awkward to use the singular, but it's correct because you aren't saying that the activities stem. You're saying that success stems from the activities. In that sentence, 'success' is the subject, and success is singular, so 'stems' is the right verb.

You can tell that 'activities' isn't the subject because there's a 'from' in front of the word 'which', telling you that 'from activities' should be part of the sentence. 'From activities' is a prepositional phrase, so it can't be the subject. 'Success' is the only thing that can be the subject here.
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