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Unnecessary Shifts in Number, Person, and Verb Tense: Practice
Verbs must agree in person, number and tense with their subjects. This set allow students to practice correcting unnecessary shifts in the sentences provided.
Terms in this set (10)
If we are going to the movies, they should leave now.
Correction: If we are going to the movies, we should leave now.
If they are going to the movies, they should leave now.
Shift in person: we is first person; they is third person.
After I studied, I making myself some dinner.
Correction: After I studied, I made myself some dinner.
Shift in verb tense: studied is past tense; making is a present participle.
When the students got to class, he sat in his usual seats.
Correction: When the students got to class, they sat in their usual seats.
When the student got to class, he sat in his usual seat.
Shift in number: students is a plural noun; he is a singular pronoun.
When I drive home, I listened to my favorite song.
Correction: When I drive home, I listen to my favorite song.
When I drove home, I listened to my favorite song.
Shift in verb tense: drive is present tense; listened is past tense.
If they eat too many cookies, you will get sick.
If they eat too many cookies, they will get sick.
If you eat too many cookies, you will get sick.
Shift in person: they is a third person plural pronoun; you is second person singular/plural pronoun. So, this could also be a potential shift in number since it is unclear if the you is plural or singular.
If Mike doesn't drink enough water, you will become dehydrated.
If Mike doesn't drink enough water, he will become dehydrated.
Shift in person: Mike is a third person proper noun; you is a second person pronoun. There is no verb tense shift error in the sentence since the "If" indicates subjunctive mood sentence.
Emily likes to go cliff jumping but their mom said it is too dangerous for them.
Emily likes to go cliff jumping but her mom said it too dangerous for her.
Shift in number: Emily is a singular proper noun; their and them are plural pronouns.
Before the cat meowed, the dog barks.
Before the cat meowed, the dog barked.
Shift verb tense: mowed is past tense; barks is present tense.
After she ran a mile at the gym, she gasps for air.
After she ran a mile at the gym, she was gasping for air
Shift in verb tense: ran is past tense; gasps is present.
We are learning about grammar in class and applied it to our writing.
We learned about grammar in class and applied it to our writing.
Shift in verb tense: are learning is present progressive; applied is past tense.
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