Is there any such thing as noun pronoun proximity?

I have read of Concord (or noun-verb agreement) and was wondering if, is as I have been told, there is a similar grammar rule for noun-pronoun agreement/proximity. When there’s a sentence where two nouns are given and a pronoun used, to which noun will the pronoun be assigned? Carol visited Mary. Mary is the lady … Read more

was vs were in “The teachers discussed Jim, one of whose problems was poor study habits”

In the sentence below: The teachers discussed Jim, one of whose problems was poor study habits. Why was is used in the adjective clauses? Answer The discussion took place in the past, so the issue being discussed is described in the past tense. It may be that Jim still has that problem, but that isn’t … Read more

I would agree vs I agree?

I don’t know why many people say “I would agree/disagree” when expressing their agreement regarding point of view or statement, while would is intended to express incertitude of action in the future. Why they don’t say simply “I agree” as they talk in the tense of simple present. When to use “I would agree”, and … Read more

Make/Makes Confusion

Can anyone help explain to me why the answer to the following question is what it is. The Navajo language is complex, with a structure and sound that makes it unintelligible to anyone without extensive exposure to it. On the answer key, it states that answer is “make” and not “makes”. Can anyone explain why? … Read more