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# The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and chall

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The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.

A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately

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Grammar issue presented: Pronoun Agreement (singular/plural)
The collective noun choir requires a singular, not plural, pronoun: it.

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A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO - choir (singular) : they (plural)

B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO - choir (singular) : they (plural)

C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO - choir (singular) : themselves (plural)

D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? YES - choir (singular) : it (plural)

E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately
Subject/Verb Agreement? YES - choir (singular) : it (plural)
Additional Errors? Sentence Construction: The adverb “elaborately” should be as close as possible to the word it modifies: “moved.”

(D) is correct.

My Doubt: I felt that E should be correct since firstly it resolves 'subject/verb agreement' and secondly 'parallelism'. Since the adverb elaborately is parallel to adverb passionately. Is my understanding wrong?

Originally posted by agarwalneha1 on 22 Aug 2016, 07:49.
Last edited by Bunuel on 22 Aug 2016, 07:59, edited 1 time in total.
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22 Aug 2016, 08:00
agarwalneha1 wrote:
The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.

A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately

Dissect
Grammar issue presented: Pronoun Agreement (singular/plural)
The collective noun choir requires a singular, not plural, pronoun: it.

Compare
A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO - choir (singular) : they (plural)

B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO - choir (singular) : they (plural)

C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO - choir (singular) : themselves (plural)

D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? YES - choir (singular) : it (plural)

E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately
Subject/Verb Agreement? YES - choir (singular) : it (plural)
Additional Errors? Sentence Construction: The adverb “elaborately” should be as close as possible to the word it modifies: “moved.”

(D) is correct.

My Doubt: I felt that E should be correct since firstly it resolves 'subject/verb agreement' and secondly 'parallelism'. Since the adverb elaborately is parallel to adverb passionately. Is my understanding wrong?

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22 Aug 2016, 10:14
i answered it with gut feel. But the choir was incorrectly referred to as they. also D was less wordy then E so correct
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22 Aug 2016, 12:47
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The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.

A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately

1) They vs it. In the first clause they have used singular verb "Sang" , so the choir is a signular noun.

2) elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies vs challenging four-part harmonies elaborately .

The first one is used as adjectivies and are in parallel.
The meaning of the sentence is getting changed with the second version.
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22 Aug 2016, 13:52
hari1985 wrote:
The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.

A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately

1) They vs it. In the first clause they have used singular verb "Sang" , so the choir is a signular noun.

2) elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies vs challenging four-part harmonies elaborately .

The first one is used as adjectivies and are in parallel.
The meaning of the sentence is getting changed with the second version.

Thanks all for replying. I got my mistake here. I dont know I was some how considering challenging as adverb whereas it should be adjectives and yes 'D' is in parallel. Thanks all for help.
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22 Aug 2016, 15:01
hari1985 wrote:
The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.
1) They vs it. In the first clause they have used singular verb "Sang" , so the choir is a signular noun.

This is a good thing to look at in general, but unfortunately, it isn't a good clue here. When the verb is in the past tense, there isn't any difference between plural and singular: 'they sang' and 'he sang' are both correct, as are 'they jumped' and 'he jumped', 'they ran' and 'he ran'. You actually just need to know that 'choir' is a singular word. One way to check is to plug it into a smaller sentence and test your ear: would you say 'the choir is terrible' or 'the choir are terrible'? In American English, it's the former, so you know that 'choir' is singular.
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23 Aug 2016, 16:22
The problem with E is that elaborately is referring to the singing and not the harmonies. We want to say elaborate harmonies. There's no subject-verb agreement error with d, I'm not really sure what you mean by that. Hope this helps.

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29 Jan 2019, 06:33
ccooley wrote:
hari1985 wrote:
The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.
1) They vs it. In the first clause they have used singular verb "Sang" , so the choir is a signular noun.

This is a good thing to look at in general, but unfortunately, it isn't a good clue here. When the verb is in the past tense, there isn't any difference between plural and singular: 'they sang' and 'he sang' are both correct, as are 'they jumped' and 'he jumped', 'they ran' and 'he ran'. You actually just need to know that 'choir' is a singular word. One way to check is to plug it into a smaller sentence and test your ear: would you say 'the choir is terrible' or 'the choir are terrible'? In American English, it's the former, so you know that 'choir' is singular.

Can't choir be used as both singular and plural based on its usage. In this sentence there is no clue whether choir is used as singular or plural.
Re: The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and chall   [#permalink] 29 Jan 2019, 06:33
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