A student was asked, "According to the passage about eyeglasses above [omitted], what kind of frames would look best on a man with a round face?"

The answer key gave these as sample answers:

  1. He would be [I would prefer look] best in angular or square frames.

  2. It's best to choose angular or square frames.

  3. Angular or square frames are the best for him.

The student answered, "It is angular or square frames."

What's the best way to explain why this answer sounds so awkward?

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My suspicion is that two issues are going on at the same time:

  1. Frames (from the question) is plural while it is singular
  2. The answer doesn't match the tense of the question

Correcting both these yields the more natural "They would be angular or square frames."

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