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Shift in Number of Subject and Resultant Subject-Verb Disagreement

Chapter:
Grammar
Author(s):

Stacy Christiansen

Shift in Number of Subject and Resultant Subject-Verb Disagreement

In elliptical constructions involving the verb (ie, the second verb is omitted because it is understood), if the number of the subject changes, the construction is incorrect.

Incorrect:

Her tests were run and her chart updated.

Correct:

Her tests were run and her chart was updated.

Incorrect:

The diagnosis was made and physical therapy sessions begun.

Correct:

The diagnosis was made and physical therapy sessions were begun.

or

The diagnosis was made and physical therapy begun.

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