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    Default The following are the minutes

    I've never considered the number of "Following" , and I saw the rule like "following+are+plural noun" or "following+is+singular noun", so is it so strict or flexible?

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    ex)The following are the minutes of a
    student council meeting. The council consists of seven students, including the president, all elected by students. The meeting took place one day after a student got injured in a fight.

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    Default Re: The following are the minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I've never considered the number of "Following" , and I saw the rule like "following+are+plural noun" or "following+is+singular noun", so is it so strict or flexible?

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    ex)The following are the minutes of a
    student council meeting. The council consists of seven students, including the president, all elected by students. The meeting took place one day after a student got injured in a fight.
    I'm not sure what you're confused by. The words "The following are the minutes" fit perfectly into your "following + are + plural noun" rule.

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    Default Re: The following are the minutes

    Thanks a lot! I meant if some people write "The following is the minutes..." ignoring the rule, and if it's acceptable by others.

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    Default Re: The following are the minutes

    Perhaps an easy way to remember "Following" + (singular or plural) is to change the order of the singular/plural noun as in "Minutes are following".

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    Default Re: The following are the minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Thanks a lot! I meant if some people write "The following is the minutes..." ignoring the rule, and if it's acceptable by others.
    I'm sure it happens. "Minutes" in this sense is plural. But so was "news" at one time.

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    Default Re: The following are the minutes

    The following are the minutes...
    The following is a record....

    The verb typically takes the number of the noun. But as billmcd suggested it may be better to change the word order so that the noun comes before the verb. Personally, I'd avoid 'the following is/are' anyway as dead wood, and just use a sub-head for Minutes/Notes/Log.... or whatever noun you think best.


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