Split #1b: Given the structure “neither [plural] nor [singular]”, we need a singularverb. Choice (D) has the plural “act”, so it is false. The number of verbs is related to whether the verb is singular or plural – for example, is “a” singular and “to have” is plural. This distinction is present in the simple presence for all verbs (“it has” against “they have”), but not in the simple future for any verb (“he will have” &”they will have”) and not in the simple past (“she had” &”they had”) for any verb except forms of “being” (“he was” against “they were”). In other forms of tense, the question of whether the number of verbs is a problem depends on the help signs of this tense form. By the way, there is a second similar problem: the pronoun-precursor monster raises its ugly head. While the test is busy making you think that “the football team” is in agreement with a plural book, it also launches a plural pronoun, “she”. The correct possessive pronoun for a singular entity like a team is “to be.” The corrected version of the following sentence could therefore look like this: we can speak of “no student”, “some students”, “most students”, “each student”, “each student” or “all students”. It is quite easy to find – those who have “students” are singular and those who have “students” are plural. It becomes more difficult when a sentence or amending clause intervenes (“no student, not even …. “, “every student, including…” “), but of course, whether the nouns are singular or plural does not affect the verb – the verb must correspond in number with the subject and only the subject. The first of these constructions is the theme “X of Y”; The second is “one of X, the… “, X being synonymous with plural noun. Both structures contain the preposition “of”, and this is why test participants might confuse them.
The first step is to find out what the topic is. To identify the subject, one wonders who or what made the action? In this case, it means: who or what made the allusion? The answer to this question will give you the subject. In the passage above, “the article” alluded to . . .