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    Default Does this make sense?

    "Discounts are varies depending on what service the customer is getting."

    I'm stuck because if the sentence is plural, should I make the whole sentence plural?

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    Default Re: Does this make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by stonecold View Post
    "Discounts vary depending on what service the customer is getting." Don't add "are" there.

    I'm stuck because if the subject is plural, should I make the whole sentence plural? No, you don't have to do that.
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    Default Re: Does this make sense?

    Will you tell me the difference between vary and varies?

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    Default Re: Does this make sense?

    grammatically the sentence can be put in different ways:

    "Discounts vary depending on what service the customer is getting."

    or

    "Discounts are various,depending on what service the customer is getting."

    or

    "Discount varies depending on what service the customer is getting." (the %/amount of discount)

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    Default Re: Does this make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sohrab Khan View Post
    grammatically the sentence can be put in different ways:

    "Discounts vary depending on what service the customer is getting."

    or

    "Discounts are various,depending on what service the customer is getting."
    I don't find this one very natural.
    or

    "The discount varies depending on what service the customer is getting." (the %/amount of discount)
    Simply, "varies" requires a singular noun, and "vary" requires a plural noun.


    If this is a real sentence and not an exercise, try this:
    'The discount is determined by the type of service the customer receives."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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