The following is from LSAT 45, LR1, Question 16, Answer choice C:

Most successful writers' judgments of their recently completed work is unnecessarily harsh and is often later revised.

Shouldn't "is" be "are" in both instances?

  • The sentence would work best by making judgment singular. But it still feels contrived. I don't envy you this test prep. – aparente001 Sep 4 '16 at 15:06

Yes, "is" should be "are" in both instances. The subject of the sentence is "judgments", which is plural, which dictates that the verb must also be plural.

See The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, Macmillan, 1979, p. 9:

The number of the subject determines the number of the verb.

  • He could be trying to be helpful. He could be polishing up his answering skills. He could be taking a break from putting mulch on his garden. – aparente001 Sep 4 '16 at 15:05
  • @aparente001 I appreciate the helping people and giving back aspects of your profile. Nice. – Richard Kayser Sep 4 '16 at 15:15
  • @RichardKayser I thought it was an obvious mistake also, but because it was on a law school admissions test, I thought there was something I was missing. Thanks for the help. – CDM Sep 5 '16 at 23:44
  • @ChongDogMillionaire My pleasure. I wasn't trying to be insulting with my comment. Prompted by the reaction of another user, I deleted the comment almost immediately, but perhaps not before you saw it. I was puzzled that a user of your reputation would ask such a question. But I get it: it's surprising indeed that the LSAT would contain such obvious errors. Thanks. – Richard Kayser Sep 6 '16 at 0:28

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