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Should it be "represents" instead? Options
Koh yoong liat
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:47:27 PM

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The first five hundred years of the Latter Day of the Law represent a time for the kosen-rufu of only the Lotus Sutra.

Should it be "represents" instead?

Thanks!
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 1:44:25 PM

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No, the subject is plural


The first five hundred years of the Latter Day of the Law represent a time for the kosen-rufu of only the Lotus Sutra.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:06:03 AM
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Koh yoong liat wrote:
The first five hundred years of the Latter Day of the Law represent a time for the kosen-rufu of only the Lotus Sutra.

Should it be "represents" instead?

Thanks!

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It would have been better, if you had mentioned your reason for preferring the singular verb "represents". Now, I can only presume that you are considering the Subject " The Latter Day" for the purpose of Subject-Verb agreement. As a general rule, object of a preposition is not used for Subject-Verb agreement. The plural verb "represent" agrees with the plural head word "years". So, there is no need to change it to its singular form "represents".
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