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    Default Why "plurals are a singular"?

    Dear teachers

    I always see the usage of "plurals are a singular", such as in Telegraph and Economist (below). What kind of grammer or usage is it? Under what circumstance I can use this "plurals are a singular"? Or I should avoid using it during some public examination as markers tend to deduct points on such usage?

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    (www: telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/6927940/Equities-are-preferred-asset-class-in-2010.html)
    Equities are 'preferred asset class' in 2010

    (www: economist.com/economics/by-invitation/questions/are-persistent-trade-deficits-bad-thing)
    Are persistent trade deficits a bad thing?



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    Default Re: Why "plurals are a singular"?

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Dear teachers

    I always see the usage of "plurals are a singular", such as in Telegraph and Economist (below). What kind of grammer or usage is it? Under what circumstance I can use this "plurals are a singular"? Or I should avoid using it during some public examination as markers tend to deduct points on such usage?

    Examples:
    (www: telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/6927940/Equities-are-preferred-asset-class-in-2010.html)
    Equities are a'preferred asset class' in 2010
    Real quotes from that site:
    "Equities are our clear preferred asset class"; "Equities are 'preferred asset class' in 2010" - (Headline)

    (www: economist.com/economics/by-invitation/questions/are-persistent-trade-deficits-bad-thing)
    Are persistent trade deficits a bad thing?



    Regards



    Anthony the student
    Yes, this is normal. If you're using a copular between a plural and a singular, the number of the verb comes from the first term - the term just before the verb.
    "Equities are our preferred asset class"
    "Our preferred asset class is equities."

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