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Hi,

Please help with the following Editing question that came out in the 2013 PSLE paper.

Q45) Her _________ (purpers) of giving such lessons was firstly, to encourage an interest in pottery, and secondly, to allow children to enjoy their parents’ company.

Is the answer purpose or purposes?

Thank you.

Source: psle 2013 English

Answer

The answer should be purpose since the singular word “was” was used later in the sentence.

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The answer is Purpose

One key tool when handling editing is Clue Search.

In this  case: (Firstly [clue] – denotes singular)

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Purpose ….. was firstly  (clue is in the singular “was”)

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