Remedial Grammar


Choose formal usage. 

  1. During the Vietnam War, Admiral Elko Zumwalt, (was, were) commanding a special group of sailors in small boats.
  2. These boats (was, were) called “brown-water” units because they patrolled the muddy rivers of South Vietnam.
  3. Under Admiral Zumwalt’s command (was, were) his own son Lieutenant Elmo Zumwalt III.
  4. The brown-water casualty rates (was, were) running at seventy percent.
  5. The most dangerous enemy for Zumwalt’s patrol boats (was, were) the snipers in the bushes near the rivers.
  6. Admiral Zumwalt decided to use a chemical defoliant to strip the snipers’ cover in the vegetarian along the river bank.
  7. The chosen defoliant (was, were) called Agent Orange.
  8. Though its side-effects on the human body (was, were) not fully understood, Agent Orange was a proven defoliant in the United States.
  9. American planes dropped Agent Orange along the riverbanks, and soon the foliage there (was, were) dying.

10. As the snipers lost their cover, the week casualty rate in Zumwalt’s command (was, were) dropping rapidly.

11. By the time all the foliage (was, were) gone, the rate was down to less than one percent.

12. The jungle hideouts of the enemy had been eliminated, and United States ships under Zumwalt (was, were) able to patrol with little fear of snipers.

13. Several years after returning home, Admiral Zumwelt’s son became ill with Hodgkin’s disease and lymphoma.

14. By this time, there (was, were) clear links between these forms of cancer and Agent Orange.

15. Young Zumwalt fought the disease bravely for many years while researchers (was, were) struggling to find a remedy.

16. He died in the summer of 1988 at the age of 42.

17. What (has, have) been the Zumwalts’ feelings about Agent Orange?

18. Because so many combat sailors’ lives (was, were) saved , Zumwalt and his son believed completely in the rightness of the Admiral’s decision to defoliate the hideouts with Agent Orange.

19. Today Admiral’s grandson (are, is) suffering from a severe learning disability.

20. These same side-effects from Agent Orange (has, have) been turning up in many Vietnam veterans and their children and also in many families in South Vietnam.


Some of the sentences in this exercise contain subject- verb agreement errors.  Rewrite them correctly. 

  1. There seem to be no limit to the ways humans have found to decorate their faces.
  2. Wall paintings of Egyptian faces from five thousand years ago reveal the use of eye shadow and of shaped eyebrows.
  3. The aborigines of Australia has decorated their faces in traditional designs for many thousands of years.
  4. On the faces of American Indian warriors were painted bright stripes of war paint.
  5. Would you smear a paste of fresh bacon grease and egg white on your face?
  6. That paste was used by ladies of seventeenth century England to achieve a chic, white look.
  7. Both sexes at that time was known to use false eyebrows of mouse hair and wigs of horses’ tails.
  8. During this period many faces was ravaged with disease and malnutrition, and so powders and rouge helped disguise these facial disfigurements.
  9. How was those people to know about the poisonous lead and other dangerous ingredients in their cosmetics?

10. Another cosmetic device in these times were to disguise smallpox scars with smalls hearts, moons or stars of black silk.

11. There was a gradual decline in the use of cosmetics, pastes and powders in the nineteenth century as health improved and as soap and water were used to bring out a natural look.

12. Today males in our culture has almost given up any artificial decoration of the face.

13. But, for most of today’s females cosmetics seems to be a necessity.

14. On the face of the contemporary woman appears the products of  a multi-million-dollar industry in the form of eye lashes, eye shadow, mascara, rouge, skin creams and toners, lipstick, and, lately, cosmetic contact lenses.

15. Will our great-great-grandchildren think of us as very strange creatures?

Remedial Grammar Worksheet/Le’cole Chempaka International/1/2/2013/SK/

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