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    Default Singular or Plural..

    Hello!!

    Should it be:

    a. He is constructing a house from what appears to be broken bricks.

    or

    b. He is constructing a house from what appear to be broken bricks.

    Could someone please let me know the reason for the choice as well.

    I think it should be a., but my collague contents that since bricks is plural, appear should be used.

    Thanks in anticipation.

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    Default Re: Singular or Plural..

    Your friend is correct, for the reason he gave.

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    Default Re: Singular or Plural..

    "contents"(typo?) - did you mean "contends".
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    Well spotted, Route. I missed that.

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    Default Re: Singular or Plural..

    I read the sentence like this:

    He's constructing the house from [the material that = what] appears to be bricks.

    Is such a reading quite impossible?

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    Default Re: Singular or Plural..

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I read the sentence like this:

    He's constructing the house from [the material that = what] appears to be bricks.

    Is such a reading quite impossible?
    I'd say no; it's quite possible. Either version is possible.
    "He's coating the fish in what appear[s] to be breadcrumbs."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'd say no; it's quite possible. Either version is possible.
    "He's coating the fish in what appear[s] to be breadcrumbs."
    I agree with Ray, especially since broken bricks are not absolutely certain to be countable.

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    Default Re: Singular or Plural..

    Quote Originally Posted by rambharosey View Post
    Hello!!

    Should it be:

    a. He is constructing a house from what appears to be broken bricks.

    or

    b. He is constructing a house from what appear to be broken bricks.

    Could someone please let me know the reason for the choice as well.

    I think it should be a., but my collague contents that since bricks is plural, appear should be used.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    NOT A TEACHER


    I have checked several books, and perhaps we can

    interpret your sentence as:

    He is constructing a house from what ( = the things that)

    appear to be broken bricks.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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