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What is the proper tense:

 

 During her investigation Rachel meeets Jack Powell, a supervisor at the Silverton Post Office and they are drawn to the mystery, and to each other, as a second and then a third person (disappears or disappear) from the Silverton office.

 

No problem. The Wyoming Highway Patrol (is or are) on their way.

subject-verb asked Dec 08 '13 at 15:55 J.T. Bailey New member

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I'm assuming this is a book review, and you are using the present tense in the narrative. You don't need the comma after 'mystery'.  'Disappear' has a compound subject, so it needs to be the plural form.

 

During her investigation Rachel meets Jack Powell, a supervisor at the Silverton Post Office and they are drawn to the mystery and to each other, as a second and then a third person disappear from the Silverton office.

 

'Wyoming Highway Patrol' could be singular or plural. If you are implying many are coming, use 'are' and 'their'. If they are sending a single trooper, use 'is' and 'its'.

link comment answered Dec 08 '13 at 18:15 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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