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# Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television

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Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

A. Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.
B. A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor is sitting at the far end of the bar.
C. A local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor, are sitting at the far end of the bar.
D. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.
E. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

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Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

A. Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - It is incorrect to use singular verb "IS" for a compound subject "Reporter and Candidate". Hence Incorrect
B. A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor is sitting at the far end of the bar. - - It is incorrect to use singular verb "IS" for a compound subject "Reporter and Candidate". Hence Incorrect
C. A local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor, are sitting at the far end of the bar. - Use of COMMA instead of a conjunction changes the original intent. Such use also leads to a Run-on sentence. Hence Incorrect
D. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - CORRECT
E. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Use of COMMA instead of a conjunction changes the original intent. Such use also leads to a Run-on sentence. Hence Incorrect
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17 Sep 2017, 23:37
D is the only option , which is using correct SV agreement. "are" for reporter "and" mayor.
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20 Sep 2017, 20:37
broall wrote:
Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

A. Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.
B. A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor is sitting at the far end of the bar.
C. A local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor, are sitting at the far end of the bar.
D. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.
E. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

How are we supposed to know that the local television reporter and the leading candidate for mayor is not the same person?
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21 Sep 2017, 05:12
Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

The error lies in the part that verb-ing modifier(Sitting at the far end of the bar) is modifying two different persons. Hence, use of 'is'(singular) is wrong.

A. Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Wrong as mentioned above
B. A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor is sitting at the far end of the bar. - Two different persons and use of 'is' wrong
C. A local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor, are sitting at the far end of the bar. - No conjunction used. Use of 'AND' can make the sentence correct
D. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Correct use of 'are'
E. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Again wrong because of no use of conjunction.

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21 Sep 2017, 05:50
devanshu92 wrote:
Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

The error lies in the part that verb-ing modifier(Sitting at the far end of the bar) is modifying two different persons. Hence, use of 'is'(singular) is wrong.

A. Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Wrong as mentioned above
B. A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor is sitting at the far end of the bar. - Two different persons and use of 'is' wrong
C. A local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor, are sitting at the far end of the bar. - No conjunction used. Use of 'AND' can make the sentence correct
D. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Correct use of 'are'
E. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Again wrong because of no use of conjunction.

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How do you know that two different persons are being talked of here? hence " ARE" is correct.
If we were talking of the same person , how would it be stated?
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21 Sep 2017, 06:19
stne wrote:
devanshu92 wrote:
Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

The error lies in the part that verb-ing modifier(Sitting at the far end of the bar) is modifying two different persons. Hence, use of 'is'(singular) is wrong.

A. Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Wrong as mentioned above
B. A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor is sitting at the far end of the bar. - Two different persons and use of 'is' wrong
C. A local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor, are sitting at the far end of the bar. - No conjunction used. Use of 'AND' can make the sentence correct
D. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Correct use of 'are'
E. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor. - Again wrong because of no use of conjunction.

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How do you know that two different persons are being talked of here? hence " ARE" is correct.
If we were talking of the same person , how would it be stated?

stne,
If the sentence would have been a local television reporter who is one of the town's leading candidates then you can say that it is the same person.
But the given sentence uses 'AND' meaning that two different persons are talked about.
I hope it helps.
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24 Sep 2017, 00:22
Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.

A. Sitting at the far end of the bar is a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.
Sitting...is X & Y : Incorrect ; SV Error
B. A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor is sitting at the far end of the bar.
X&Y is ; SV error
C. A local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor, are sitting at the far end of the bar.
are X,y ; Sv error
D. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.
x&y are ; correct
E. Sitting at the far end of the bar are a local television reporter, one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor.
are X,y ; Sv error : Incorrect
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07 May 2018, 02:45

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

The most obvious decision point in this problem is the subject-verb agreement choice between "is" and "are". In this sentence, the subject-verb inversion (putting the subject after the verb) in (A), (D), and (D) creates difficulty in determining the proper subject. To eliminate that difficulty read the sentence back without the inversion: A local television reporter and one of the town’s leading candidates for mayor ARE sitting at the far end of the bar. This allows you to eliminate (A) and (B). For (C) and (E) the subject is the singular "reporter" but that is paired incorrectly with the plural verb "are". Only (D) uses the proper subject-verb agreement and is thus the correct answer.
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