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Sentence Correction 33

    The position of the tiny hyoid bone in our jaws give us fine muscular control over our mouth and tongue, enabling one to make as many as a hundred distinct speech sounds.

    1. give one fine muscular control over one's mouth and tongue, enabling one
    2. give us fine muscular control over our mouth and tongue, enabling us
    3. gives us fine muscular control over our mouth and tongue, enabling us
    4. gives us fine muscular control over our mouths and tongues, enabling us

 

  • Correct Answer
    Choice (D)

Detailed Solution

The subject of the sentence is 'the position of...', which is singular. So, the verb to match this is 'gives'.

The generic pronoun 'one' cannot be mixed with any other personal pronoun. Option A is incorrect, as it uses both 'our' and 'one' in the same sentence.

The only difference between options C and D is in the use of the plural, 'mouths and tongues' in D. As the sentence uses the plural possessive--'our jaws'--the rest of the sentence has to be in plural to keep the count right.

Correct Answer: D



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