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    Default Collecetive noun.

    Five fingers "is" not equal. Here, We are using the "fingers" as a collecetive noun.
    Is it correct usage?
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    Default Re: Collecetive noun.

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    Five fingers "is" not equal.
    I don't understand this.

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    Default Re: Collecetive noun.

    Do you mean even? "Equal" means having the same value or identical. "Even" means divisible by two. Do you mean that five is not divisible by two?

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    Default Re: Collecetive noun.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I don't understand this.
    Sir, I mean about the verb "is"
    Five fingers "is" not equal though it belongs to one hand.
    Here We are using "is" instead of "are", I think "are" is correct,and one more,Butter and milk "is" essential. here we are using such type of usages.
    I can't understand on what basis it is using.
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    Default Re: Collecetive noun.

    Butter and milk are essential. Plural subjects take plural verbs.

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    Default Re: Collecetive noun.

    Five dollars is/are not a lot of money?

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