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    Singular or plural

    Differential files are small and localized, which makes it inexpensive to back up regularly.
    So it is make or makes?

    I created two tables that are used by the IT departments.
    In this sentence, it is are or were?

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    Re: Singular or plural

    • Differential files are small and localized, which makes it/these files inexpensive to back up regularly.

        • "which" refers to the sentence before it. It's not the files which make back-up inexpensive, it's the fact that the files are small and localized which makes it inexpensive.





    • I created two tables that are used by the IT departments.

        • BETTER: ...that the IT department uses.




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    Re: Singular or plural

    So you're saying the second sentence should be:

    I created two tables that the IT department uses.


    created is past-tense and uses is present tense
    They can be in the same sentence? Shouldn't it be used?

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    Re: Singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Parasitism View Post
    So you're saying the second sentence should be:

    I created two tables that the IT department uses.


    created is past-tense and uses is present tense
    They can be in the same sentence? Shouldn't it be used?
    Not if 'I' created them at some time in the past and the IT department uses them now.

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