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# The mountain cornfloss, native to the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to

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The mountain cornfloss, native to the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Canada and thought of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow on steep ledges and in deep cracks on remote mountaintops.

A. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

B. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

C. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

D. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

E. of as the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

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17 Jul 2018, 01:55
The mountain cornfloss, native to the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Canada and thought of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow on steep ledges and in deep cracks on remote mountaintops.

A. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

B. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

C. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

D. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

E. of as the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

"thought to be" seems the correct idiomatic usage.

Hence option D
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17 Jul 2018, 01:56
+1 for D.

A. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

B. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

C. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

D. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows --> Correct, S-V agreement, and idiom 'thought to be'

E. of as the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

Hence, D.
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17 Jul 2018, 06:38
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The mountain cornfloss, native to the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Canada and thought of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow on steep ledges and in deep cracks on remote mountaintops.

A. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

B. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

C. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

D. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

E. of as the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

In this question , subject is separated by a phrase.

Subject : The mountain cornfloss ................a noun phrase, whic is singular. So, verb has to be singular too.

Verb : grow. It must be GROWS.

We can eliminate option A, C, E. Being make the sentence awkward. avoid being.

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17 Jul 2018, 07:00
Cornfloss —> singular. So, A, C and E are out
“Thought of as being” is incorrect usage. So, B is out

D) is the correct choice

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17 Jul 2018, 07:47
Bunuel wrote:
The mountain cornfloss, native to the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Canada and thought of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow on steep ledges and in deep cracks on remote mountaintops.

A. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

B. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

C. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

D. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

E. of as the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

1. Thought to be idiomatically correct.
2. The mountain cornfloss........... grows (S-V usage)

The answer must be (D) for the highlighted errors in other options...
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17 Jul 2018, 20:51
Can someone please help me with how grow is plural and grows is singular? I chose C only because of this confusion of singular and plural
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18 Jul 2018, 00:49
selim wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
The mountain cornfloss, native to the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Canada and thought of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow on steep ledges and in deep cracks on remote mountaintops.

A. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

B. of as being the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

C. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

D. to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grows

E. of as the most beautiful of all wildflowers, grow

In this question , subject is separated by a phrase.

Subject : The mountain cornfloss ................a noun phrase, whic is singular. So, verb has to be singular too.

Verb : grow. It must be GROWS.

We can eliminate option A, C, E. Being make the sentence awkward. avoid being.

Can you explain more about the noun phrase and its various cases with examples. It would be of great help.
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16 Aug 2018, 16:59
Kunal760 wrote:
Can someone please help me with how grow is plural and grows is singular? I chose C only because of this confusion of singular and plural

Hello Kunal760,

Let me help you on this matter. Whenever there is a singular noun, we use singular form of a verb and similarly a plural verb for a plural noun.
Let me give you some examples:

He goes to school everyday.
They go to school everyday.
Rita goes to school everyday.
Children go to school everyday.

In the above examples, you can see that whenever we use a plural noun i.e. "They" & "Children", we use the plural form of the verb "Go".
If the noun is singular, then we use the singular form i.e. "goes".

I hope, I cleared your query.
In this sentence "the mountain cornfloss" is a singular noun. That's why we used "grows" instead of "grow".
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