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singular or plural verb Options
robjen
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:49:39 AM
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I am going to make up two sentences below.

(1) When I enjoy sunshine in the park, sometimes people turn on their radios very loud which really bothers me.

(2) John and Mary have had eight children in two years, which surprises me.


I think I should use the singular form for both examples because the entire sentences should be taken as a whole for using this form. For example, in (1), it's the noise, not the radios, that bothers me. However, most of my friends think I should use the plural form because of the plural nouns in bold.

What is your opinion? Thanks.
srirr
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 3:00:21 AM

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It should a singular verb. A verb should match the subject. Here the subject is 'which', a pronoun. This pronoun does not stand for a plural noun like radios or years or children. We can rewrite the sentence as:

It really bothers me that sometimes people turn on their radios very loud, when I enjoy sunshine in the park.

The situation (or the noise) is bothering. Hence, the verb should be singular.


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 3:39:43 AM

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I agree with srirr.

What bothers you is "the fact that sometimes people turn on their radios very loud".
It is just one fact.

What surprises you is "the fact that John and Mary have had eight children in two years".
Just one fact.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
TMe
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:55:10 AM

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Err...Eight.That surprises me too.Dancing Dancing Dancing

I am a layman.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:58:37 AM

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Triplets and quins.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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