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    Default Amount ... are

    Why "are" instead of "is"?

    "After an attack like 9/11 in the United States or 7/7 in London, a massive amount of resources are inevitably deployed to shield the most precious targets, but there is a Sisyphean element to such a task."

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    Default Re: Amount ... are

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    Why "are" instead of "is"?

    "After an attack like 9/11 in the United States or 7/7 in London, a massive amount of resources are inevitably deployed to shield the most precious targets, but there is a Sisyphean element to such a task."

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    Not a teacher only a native.

    'Are' is used because 'resources' is plural.

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    Default Re: Amount ... are

    Quote Originally Posted by shroob View Post
    Not a teacher only a native.

    'Are' is used because 'resources' is plural.
    But isn't "amount" the noun that the verb refers back to?

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    Default Re: Amount ... are

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    But isn't "amount" the noun that the verb refers back to?
    You're a native speaker, Allen. What would you say?

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    Default Re: Amount ... are

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You're a native speaker, Allen. What would you say?
    I would obviously say yes, but my answer seems to be wrong.

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    Default Re: Amount ... are

    Was there a yes/no question somewhere? I thought it was is/are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Was there a yes/no question somewhere? I thought it was is/are?
    In post no. 3 I asked this question: "But isn't "amount" the noun that the verb refers back to?"

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    Default Re: Amount ... are

    OK, I read that wrong. I thought he was asking if you would say "is" or "are."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    OK, I read that wrong. I thought he was asking if you would say "is" or "are."
    I would say "is" because I think "amount" is the "noun of reference." (I just made up that term; I don't know the correct grammatical term.)

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    Default Re: Amount ... are

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    I would say "is" because I think "amount" is the "noun of reference." (I just made up that term; I don't know the correct grammatical term.)
    Not a teacher only a native.

    "After an attack like 9/11 in the United States or 7/7 in London, a massive amount of resourcesare inevitably deployed to shield the most precious targets, but there is a Sisyphean element to such a task."

    Having read the sentence over and over again, 'is' seems to also fit.

    I think this is to do with the 'a' (after London), which makes the 'massive amount of resources' appear as a single noun, but I could be wrong.

    If it was just 'After an attack like 9/11 in the United States or 7/7 in London, massive amounts of resources are inevitably deployed....' then 'are' would be the word of choice.

    Hopefully an actual teacher will clear things up.

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