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Question

From the alternative provided in the question below select the one which is most appropriately completes the sentence:
I was still sleeping when the national news ________ this morning

Options

A) were broadcast

B) were broadcasted

C) was broadcast

D) was broadcasted

E) were being broadcasted

Explanation:

The reason why 'was broadcast' is the answer is that the noun 'news' is uncountable and uncountable nouns usually go with singular verb. Was is the past tense of is which are both singular verbs while were is the past tense of are which are both plural. As a grammatical law of concord, a singular subject goes with a singular verb while a plural subject goes with a plural verb.
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Explanation provided by A. B. Citizen Stunner


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  • A. B. Citizen Stunner

    The reason why 'was broadcast' is the answer is that the noun 'news' is uncountable and uncountable nouns usually go with singular verb. Was is the past tense of is which are both singular verbs while were is the past tense of are which are both plural. As a grammatical law of concord, a singular subject goes with a singular verb while a plural subject goes with a plural verb.
    Hope it's helpful!

    1. Thanks a lot for clarifying this for us.

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  • Itz Kyle

    Both was and were are past tense of 'is' and 'are' respectively, singular subject demands a singular verb. Its a simple past tense, so was and broadcast are used.

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  • Sam David O

    Was is a present tense.. but were is mostly used as past tense.... Was is the correct answer.

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  • Sam David O

    Was is a present tense.. but were is mostly used as past tense.... Was is the correct answer.

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