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# Rising tides of unemployment claims across the state has led the gover

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Rising tides of unemployment claims across the state has led the governor to declare the economy to be in a state of emergency.

A. Rising tides
B. Because the rising tide
C. The tide is rising
D. The rising tide
E. The rising of the tide

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25 Dec 2018, 04:07
Here we can use the bracketing technique for the sentence.

Rising tides (of unemployment claims across the state) has led the governor to declare the economy to be in a state of emergency.

Basically we bracket the Prepositional phrase because it does not contain the Subject verb pair.

Once we bracket then we can see 'Has led' which is singular, so we can easily say that "The rising tide" in option D is the right option as we have to maintain subject-verb agreement.

Hope this helps.
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25 Dec 2018, 04:58
Rising tides of unemployment claims across the state has led the governor to declare the economy to be in a state of emergency.

Subject:Rising tides of unemployment claims across the state (subject is plural)
Rising (adjective) + tides (Noun) + of employment .....state (prepositional phrase)
Verb : has led (singular)
object:the governor to declare the economy to be in a state of emergency.

A. Rising tides ---Wrong as Subject is plural and Verb is singular
B. Because the rising tide--- No cause and effect has been stated
C. The tide is rising--------- 2 verbs (is + has led) cant exist in sentence
D. The rising tide---Correct (singular verb--the rising tide, make sense with singular verb has led)
E. The rising of the tide----it changes the meaning

IMO D
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