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    Question SINGULAR NOUN of NOUNS that PLURAL VERB

    I would like to know whether the correct answer is choice B or choice D.
    Can someone please help me on this?

    Sentence Correction:
    With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
    a: is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
    b: are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English.
    c: is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English.
    d: are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation.
    e: is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English.

    Should I assume the general pattern be "SINGULAR NOUN of NOUNS that PLURAL VERB"?
    Or the correct form should be singular verb???

    I remember if the pronouns are "Some, Any, None, All, Most", then I need to look at the object of the "of" construction to determine the number of the subject.

    Ex:
    Some of the money was stolen from his wallet.
    Some of the documents were stolen from his locker.

    I can't recall what to use when it comes to a numerical pronoun.
    Please advise.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: SINGULAR NOUN of NOUNS that PLURAL VERB

    Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.

    b: *translated in English. (wrong preposition)
    c: *being translated into English. (passive)
    d: *in English translation. (awkward phrasing)
    e: *it is written . . . translated in English. (not a parallel construction)

    It's a trick question. With one of, you've got a choice, which means you need to use process of elimination to find the correct answer. Click on the link below to read more.

    http://college.hmco.com/english/raim...l/relativ4.htm

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    Lightbulb Re: SINGULAR NOUN of NOUNS that PLURAL VERB

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.

    b: *translated in English. (wrong preposition)
    c: *being translated into English. (passive)
    d: *in English translation. (awkward phrasing)
    e: *it is written . . . translated in English. (not a parallel construction)

    It's a trick question. With one of, you've got a choice, which means you need to use process of elimination to find the correct answer. Click on the link below to read more.

    http://college.hmco.com/english/raim...l/relativ4.htm
    Hi Casiopea,
    I looked up the usage of "One of" on the site you provided.
    If I don't understand the explanation incorrectly, I should use "are" instead of "is" in this sentence.
    It's because more than one Germanic language is compact.
    Using POE, choice D should be more acceptable

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    Default Re: SINGULAR NOUN of NOUNS that PLURAL VERB

    Well done! "several" is the key.

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    Talking Re: SINGULAR NOUN of NOUNS that PLURAL VERB

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Well done! "several" is the key.
    Thanks! You're real gem

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    Default Re: SINGULAR NOUN of NOUNS that PLURAL VERB

    You're the true 'gem'.

    All the best,

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