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# Within the first few weeks of school, the new teacher

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Within the first few weeks of school, the new teacher discovered that there was limited parental involvement and an abundance of administrative hassle.

a) the new teacher discovered that there was limited parental involvement
b) the new teacher discovered that there were limited parental involvement
c) the new teacher discovered limited parental involvement
d) the new teacher would discover that there was limited parental involvement
e) the new teacher had discovered that there was limited parental involvement
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09 Sep 2010, 23:41

Use of were (plural) instead of was (singular) because its introduces two stuffs with and
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10 Sep 2010, 09:05
navami wrote:

Use of were (plural) instead of was (singular) because its introduces two stuffs with and

Choice A does look tempting, but yes correct B is right because the ‘and’ requires the plural tense.
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10 Sep 2010, 09:42
Yes B it should be....There were X and Y...
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10 Sep 2010, 09:58
B. The tense are all past and correct SVA
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10 Sep 2010, 10:18
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Within the first few weeks of school, the new teacher discovered that there was limited parental involvement and an abundance of administrative hassle.

a) the new teacher discovered that there was limited parental involvement
b) the new teacher discovered that there were limited parental involvement
c) the new teacher discovered limited parental involvement
d) the new teacher would discover that there was limited parental involvement
e) the new teacher had discovered that there was limited parental involvement

we need plural verb as we have two predicates

limited parental involvement and an abundance of administrative hassle

so were is needed. eliminate a, d,e
we need that after discovered So B is correct
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16 Sep 2010, 01:47
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Why is C wrong?

As per my understanding, the teacher discovered that: that is important here because it introduces 2 discoveries. In this limited parental involvement and an abundance of administrative hassle doesn't seem parallel either. It should have been a limited parental involvement instead to become parallel

Experts please correct me if I am wrong.
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09 Apr 2015, 18:46
suyashjhawar wrote:
Within the first few weeks of school, the new teacher discovered that there was limited parental involvement and an abundance of administrative hassle.

a) the new teacher discovered that there was limited parental involvement
b) the new teacher discovered that there were limited parental involvement
c) the new teacher discovered limited parental involvement
d) the new teacher would discover that there was limited parental involvement
e) the new teacher had discovered that there was limited parental involvement

I do not think B is correct , because "there" does not refer to anything . The supposed referent is School but the School is in possessive form hence it can not be the referent. Please clarify if I have erred. I think C is the correct answer.
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09 Apr 2015, 23:30
navami wrote:
rohitgoel15 wrote:
Why is C wrong?

As per my understanding, the teacher discovered that: that is important here because it introduces 2 discoveries. In this limited parental involvement and an abundance of administrative hassle doesn't seem parallel either. It should have been a limited parental involvement instead to become parallel

Experts please correct me if I am wrong.

i am not an expert but i think they both ('limited parental involvement' & 'an abundance of administrative') play the role of noun at the context of this sentence. so they are parallel.
To check whether they are noun or not, you can separate the words involved in a noun such as 'limited' and 'parental involvement'. If 'limited' can act as verb then there should be another verb in the phrase (an abundance..) which comes after AND.
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10 Apr 2015, 02:53
Oye.. OA ??
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