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    Default The streets are a dangerous place. --- singular or plural?

    Hello teachers,

    I have a question about the sentence that I put in the title.

    "The streets are a dangerous place."

    I'm aware that the phrase "the streets" talks about the streets as a whole, so that is probably why the second half of a sentence is singular.
    But can anybody give me an explanation as to why the next two sentences are incorrect? (or maybe they are correct?)

    (1) The streets is a dangerous place.
    (2) The streets are dangerous places.

    Thank you for your help as always.

    th.19

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    Default Re: The streets are a dangerous place. --- singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by th.19 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    I have a question about the sentence that I put in the title.

    "The streets are a dangerous place."

    I'm aware that the phrase "the streets" talks about the streets as a whole, so that is probably why the second half of a sentence is singular.
    But can anybody give me an explanation as to why the next two sentences are incorrect? (or maybe they are correct?)

    (1) The streets is a dangerous place.
    (2) The streets are dangerous places.

    Thank you for your help as always.

    th.19
    You can also say, "The street is a dangerous place." This has a slightly different meaning, usually related to getting run over by cars.
    "The streets" means not only the street, but also the sidewalks and back alleys, etc. The danger here is mainly from other humans.
    1. is obviously wrong grammatically. If the sentence starts with a plural noun, you can't use a singular verb.
    2. is correct grammatically, but it's not idiomatic - because of the explanation you've already given.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Jun-2013 at 08:06. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Default Re: The streets are a dangerous place. --- singular or plural?

    Dear Mr. or Ms. Raymott,

    Thank you for your answer. It cleared everything up!

    th.19

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    Default Re: The streets are a dangerous place. --- singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by th.19 View Post
    Dear Mr. or Ms. Raymott,

    Thank you for your answer. It cleared everything up!

    th.19
    There is no need to try to put "Mr" or "Mrs" in front of a username. If you want to use a name, just use the username on its own. Also, you do not need to make a new post to say "Thank you". Just click on the Like button on the post(s) you found helpful.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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