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    Default Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    1. The government encourages us to have more children. Lower costs are the answer, not carrots.

    2. The government encourages us to have more children. Lower costs is the answer; not carrots.

    I believe it should be 'are'. And I think there should be a comma after 'answer'. My friend thinks otherwise. In other words, I think #1 is correct.

    Is he correct or am I?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    I think you are right, though I don't get the carrot bit.

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I think you are right, though I don't get the carrot bit.
    "Carrots" are incentives or rewards, from the expression "carrot and stick".

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    1. The government encourages us to have more children. Lower costs are the answer, not carrots.

    2. The government encourages us to have more children. Lower costs is the answer; not carrots.

    I believe it should be 'are'. And I think there should be a comma after 'answer'. My friend thinks otherwise. In other words, I think #1 is correct.

    Is he correct or am I?

    Thanks.
    "Lower costs is the answer," assuming that "answer" here means "reason" (according to me and Chomsky.)
    Last edited by probus; 25-Oct-2013 at 06:55.

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    If I can half-agree with you and Chomsky, I think both forms are OK.

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    "Lower costs is the answer," assuming that "answer" here means "reason" (according to me and Chomsky.)
    Is "according to me" correct? Shouldn't it be 'in my opinion'? Thanks. And who is Chomsky?

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Is "according to me" correct? Shouldn't it be 'in my opinion'? Thanks. And who is Chomsky?
    Yes, "according to me" is correct. There's no reason it should be something else.
    Chomsky was a famous linguist, now known for various other things. You can easily search for him.

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, "according to me" is correct. There's no reason it should be something else.
    Chomsky was a famous linguist, now known for various other things. You can easily search for him.
    Thanks, Raymott. What do you mean by the sentence in bold. Does it mean that I can contact him, and if so, how do I do that?

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, Raymott. What do you mean by the sentence in bold. Does it mean that I can contact him, and if so, how do I do that?
    No, I meant you could easily do a Google search for him. A web search. 'Search' in the computer sense.
    I guess you could physically search for him too, but I didn't mean that.

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    Default Re: Lower costs is/ are the answer, not carrots.

    Chomsky is so famous that a one-word google of his surname does not yield the wikipedia page as the first result. That is famous indeed!
    Last edited by probus; 26-Oct-2013 at 04:18.

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