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    I found this in a newspaper. "The couple was great friends". Is this sentence grammatically correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reveur View Post
    I found this in a newspaper. "The couple was great friends". Is this sentence grammatically correct?
    No. Which newspaper did you find it in?

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Note that a better title would have been 'The couple was great friends'.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reveur View Post
    I found this in a newspaper. "The couple was great friends". Is this sentence grammatically correct?
    Even though "couple" is a singular noun, it is clear in this use that it refers to two people. Therefore, a plural verb is a better choice.

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