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dadi5006
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:51:56 PM

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Hi there, could you please check these senences according to subject verb agreement?
1. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are so much...
2. The importance of eating lots of vegetables shows that people are tend to...
3.  Making big changes in your life is not so hard.
4.  Smokers who think they can quit easily do not try to quit.
5.  An overweight person who continues to eat lots of candies and sweets is in the risk of heart attack
6.  The fact that change becomes more difficult as you become older is found after a research conducted by famous pshchologists.
7.  What the research shows us is majority number of people in Turkey is smoking.
8.  A lot of teenagers tend to wear at least one tatoo.
9.  Most of his time is wasted by him.
10.  Each of the students in this class has a computer.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:37:55 PM

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1. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are so much...
2. The importance of eating lots of vegetables shows that people are tend to...
3. Making big changes in your life is not so hard.
4. Smokers who think they can quit easily do not try to quit.
5. An overweight person who continues to eat lots of candies and sweets is in the risk of heart attack
6. The fact that change becomes more difficult as you become older is found after a research conducted by famous pshchologists.
7. What the research shows us is majority number of people in Turkey is smoking. ???
8. A lot of teenagers tend to wear at least one tatoo.
9. Most of his time is wasted by him.
10. Each of the students in this class has a computer.

Applause Applause Applause well done.

Some tricky ones there, "a lot" is plural but "most" is, in this case, uncountable ...

The only question I have is in number 7 - you would not say "the majority number of..." and you would not say "is smoking".

The sentence would normally be "What the research shows us is the majority of people in Turkey smoke". "is smoking" means right at this very second, they have a cigarette in their mouths. "They smoke" means generally, at some time, regularly they have a cigarette.
Changing "majority number" to "the majority" changes to number to plural.

There are a couple of other grammar points:

sentence 2 - "...people tend to..." or "... people are tending to ...", but not "... people are tend to ..."

sentence 5 - "... is at risk of (a) heart attack." not "... is in risk of heart attack."



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
GeorgeV
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:51:26 PM

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2. The importance of eating lots of vegetables shows that people are tend to...



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Briton
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 7:00:27 PM

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2. The importance of eating lots of vegetables shows that people tend to/are tending to...

OR:
2. The importance of eating lots of vegetables shows that people are apt to...
dadi5006
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:41:35 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
1. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are so much...
2. The importance of eating lots of vegetables shows that people are tend to...
3. Making big changes in your life is not so hard.
4. Smokers who think they can quit easily do not try to quit.
5. An overweight person who continues to eat lots of candies and sweets is in the risk of heart attack
6. The fact that change becomes more difficult as you become older is found after a research conducted by famous pshchologists.
7. What the research shows us is majority number of people in Turkey is smoking. ???
8. A lot of teenagers tend to wear at least one tatoo.
9. Most of his time is wasted by him.
10. Each of the students in this class has a computer.

Applause Applause Applause well done.

Some tricky ones there, "a lot" is plural but "most" is, in this case, uncountable ...

The only question I have is in number 7 - you would not say "the majority number of..." and you would not say "is smoking".

The sentence would normally be "What the research shows us is the majority of people in Turkey smoke". "is smoking" means right at this very second, they have a cigarette in their mouths. "They smoke" means generally, at some time, regularly they have a cigarette.
Changing "majority number" to "the majority" changes to number to plural.

There are a couple of other grammar points:

sentence 2 - "...people tend to..." or "... people are tending to ...", but not "... people are tend to ..."

sentence 5 - "... is at risk of (a) heart attack." not "... is in risk of heart attack."



Than you very much, I should be more careful while doing a sentence spontaneously. :)
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 6:40:12 AM

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You're welcome - your English is very good. Spontaneity can be an art (besides being difficult to spell!)



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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