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rss GMAT Practice Question (One of Hundreds)
During the “Boom,” a period of Latin American literature, magical realism, a style in which things of fantasy happen in real settings, reached its height.
Correct Answer: A
Make sure that the verbs agree with their subjects and are in the correct tense.

This sentence is correct as is because the plural verb happen agrees with the plural noun things. The present tense is also the correct tense because the verb is part of a definition.

  1. This sentence is correct as is because the plural verb happen agrees with the plural noun things. The present tense is also the correct tense because it is part of a definition.
  2. The singular verb happens does not agree with the plural noun things.
  3. The verb happened should be in the present tense happen because it is a part of a definition. The definition of something generally stays the same; therefore, verbs in a definition can remain in the present tense.
  4. The verb are happening should be in the present tense happen because it is a part of a definition. Definition are given in the present tense, not the present progressive to indicate something continual or habitual, not something that is happening in the immediate present.
  5. The verb have happened should be in the present tense happen because it is a part of a definition. The definition of something generally stays the same; therefore, verbs in a definition can remain in the present tense.