English

Question

Which verb best completes the sentence?

Carefully balanced on the arm of the chair __________ a stack of books.

A.
was

B.
are

C.
were

2 Answer

  • All of these answers are correct, depending on the tense of the sentence.
    If this is a narrator, C.) is your best choice.
    If this is a dialogue for a character, B.) fits best.
    Overall, judging from sentence structure, C.) is your best answer.
  • Carefully balanced on the arm of the chair was a stack of books.
    The answer is (was) because it said "a stack of books". You don't look at 'books'; but you look at a stack. Collective nouns (like 'stack') match with singular verbs. 
    Try (were). Doesn't it sound weird? (Are) doesn't fit either.

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