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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:35:18 AM
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The Prime Minister said that although new Covid-19 cases is lower today than at the start of the movement curbs, the government has not brought the pandemic under control.

Are there errors in the sentence?

Thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:06:33 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
The Prime Minister said that although new Covid-19 cases is lower today than at the start of the movement curbs, the government has not brought the pandemic under control.

Are there errors in the sentence?

Thanks.


I see two errors.

The Prime Minister said that although the number of new Covid-19 cases is lower today than at the start of the movement, curbs, the government has not brought the pandemic under control.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:45:53 PM
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Thanks, FounDit.
Audiendus
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 12:07:56 AM
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FounDit wrote:
The Prime Minister said that although the number of new Covid-19 cases is lower today than at the start of the movement, curbs, the government has not brought the pandemic under control.

I think "curbs" should be retained.
Movement curbs = curbs on movement. ("Restrictions" might be a better word.)
Islami
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 12:28:28 AM
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The Prime Minister said that although new Covid-19 cases are lower today than at the start of the movement curbs, the government cannot bring the pandemic under control.

...and in your question

Are there any errors in the sentence?

IMHO
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 2:12:15 AM
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Islami wrote:
The Prime Minister said that although new Covid-19 cases are lower today than at the start of the movement curbs, the government cannot bring the pandemic under control.

...and in your question

Are there any errors in the sentence?

IMHO

The Prime Minister said that although the number of new Covid-19 cases is lower today than at the start of the movement curbs, the government cannot bring the pandemic under control.

'the number of' is needed; cases cannot be lower or higher.

'has not brought' refers to the fact that the government has failed so far to bring the pandemic under control. 'Cannot bring' means the government will fail to put a stop to the pandemic.

The above is based on my opinion.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 6:18:41 AM
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Thanks to all of you.
Romany
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 6:45:12 AM
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Koh
Just quickly: Although it would also be fine to include the word "any" in your query, there's no grammatical or syntactical reason for doing so. Just a matter of choice.

The posters who agreed with you that "is" is correct have based their responses on grammatical exactitude.

"The start of the movement curbs..." might not be the way some people would express it, but agree that doesn't make it incorrect. "Movement curbs" apply to most people around the world at the moment.
Audiendus
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 8:48:54 AM
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Just to clarify the is/are distinction further:

The number of cases is... [this refers to a specific number, not to the cases themselves]
A number of cases are... [this refers to the cases, not to a particular figure; it means "several cases"]
The/a majority of cases are... [again, this refers to the cases; it means "more than half of the cases"].
Romany
Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:03:25 PM
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I've marked the above as spam.

It might stay up a while until it gets removed...so don't waste your time answering if a post from "Wourn1978" is still there.
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