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Hi

can someone kindly assist me on the 2 following grammar questions?

  1. The unreasonable woman demanded that her domestic helper __________  all the clothes again.

a) iron

b) irons

c) ironed

d) ironing

 

2. Everyone feels that the ban on smoking near bus stops _____ a welcome move.

a) is

b) are

c) was

d) were

 

thank you for the help 🙂

 

Answer

  1. The unreasonable woman demanded that her domestic helper __________  all the clothes again.

a) iron

b) irons

c) ironed

d) ironing

Iron should be the answer. The basic form of the action in this case would appear to be most suitable. 

2. Everyone feels that the ban on smoking near bus stops _____ a welcome move.

a) is

b) are

c) was

d) were

Is should be the answer. 

Using Clue Search:

“the ban” would seem to indicate Singular. 

 

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  1. The unreasonable woman demanded that her domestic helper iron all the clothes again.

I believe this is called the subjunctive.

 

2. Everyone feels that the ban on smoking near bus stops is a welcome move.

The subject is “the ban on smoking”, which is singular.

 

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Technically, it is the subjunctive, especially if you come from an American English perspective. In primary school, Singaporean students are usually taught that it is ‘the base form’.

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