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It was at the American School for the Deaf that influences from both French Sign Language and various “home sign” systems would interact, intermingle, and what would become American Sign Language was born.

A. what would become American Sign Language was born
B. give birth to what became American Sign language
C. what would become American Sign Language was given birth
D. and American Sign Language, or what would eventually become it, was born
E. American Sign Language was birthed
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It was at the American School for the Deaf that influences from both French Sign Language and various “home sign” systems would interact, intermingle, and what would become American Sign Language was born.

A. what would become American Sign Language was born
B. give birth to what became American Sign language
C. what would become American Sign Language was given birth
D. and American Sign Language, or what would eventually become it, was born
E. American Sign Language was birthed

The underlined portion as written is awkward and its meaning unclear. The correct answer will clarify the underlined portion in a way that maintains parallelism with the list of verbs begun by the helping word would.
  1. Choice A : This option is awkward and does not continue the list of verbs begun by the helping word would.
  2. Choice B : This option correctly places the verb phrase give birth first, so that the list of verbs is continued; this placement also helps to clarify the meaning of the underlined portion within the context of the sentence.
  3. Choice C : The words given birth create a passive construction that is even more unclear and awkward than the original.
  4. Choice D : The words or what would eventually become it create and awkward, unclear construction and do not satisfy the parallelism required in the sentence.
  5. Choice E : American Sign Language should be placed after the verb, so that the list of verbs begun by the word would is continued in the sentence.

Answer: B
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i think it should be "gave" not "give".

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i think it should be "gave" not "give".


The helping verb "would" covers all the three verbs, interact, intermingle and give. "Would gave" is grammatically wrong.

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I think that
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For e.g. The Business Environment examines the external influences on business organizations.

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For e.g. The Business Environment examines the external influences on business organizations.


"Influence" can be either a noun or a verb. Here the usage of "influence" as verb is alright.

e.g., I cannot influence how you think. ( "influence" used as a verb)

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Here influence is used as a singular verb "influences" that sounds very awkward even though grammatically correct. Even in your example "I cannot influence how you think" influence has a subjunctive mood. Can you explain this? Can you give me another example where influences is used as a verb?

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Here influence is used as a singular verb "influences" that sounds very awkward even though grammatically correct. Even in your example "I cannot influence how you think" influence has a subjunctive mood. Can you explain this? Can you give me another example where influences is used as a verb?


1. You need to specify what is awkward about using "influences" as a singular verb.
2. No, my example is not in subjunctive mood.
3. Example: Buddha's story influences many around the world even today.


My suggestion would be that you first go through a standard dictionary to understand the usage of the word "influence", and then if you still have doubts, post your query. (Note: this sentence is in subjunctive).

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Hi Expert,

I solved the question correctly, but I did not understand the formation of the sentence. What should be the subject of the helping verb "would"?

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Would would appear in a case when it is a future probable situation. So usage of would be wrong here when you are trying to describe an event already happened.

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It seems I am unable to understand the meaning of the main sentence. Just leave the underlined part out for some time. Can someone explain to me what the non-underlined part is trying to say?

Case1: Is it the ASD that is getting influenced by FSL and HSL?
Case2: Is it the ASD that is influencing FSL and HSL?
Case3: Is it at the ASD where influences from both FSL and HSL would interact?
Case4: Something else that I do not see yet?

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