Dear teachers, I am always confused about how the singular and prural forms vary in some certain cases as follows:
....They also point out that alternative punishments, such as extremely long prison terms, are a great expense to society and rarely result in successful rehabilitation, so that the criminal (or should it be "criminals"?) would be a potential danger to the community.
Can we view "punishments", "terms", or "criminals" as a whole, and then use "a/an" behind them?
I will be most grateful if anyone can kindly explain it to me, or correct my sentence. thank you!
Punishments- plural, with a plural verb are You cannot use
The criminal/criminals- either could be used here
would be a potential danger- how about would remain...