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    Need an urgent advice on subject verb agreement, thanks teachers. ^^

    Dear teachers,

    I was wondering if I should use "is called" or "are called" in the following blank. Please explain to me too.Thanks soooooo much for advising.

    Cooked rice in bamboo leaves ___________ rice dumplings.


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    Re: Need an urgent advice on subject verb agreement, thanks teachers. ^^

    "cooked" is an adjective and "in bamboo leaves" is a prepositional phrase. Neither can function as a subject, so neither agrees in number with the verb. Only subjects agree in number with the verb. Subjects are nouns.

    EX: Rice is called ...

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    Re: Need an urgent advice on subject verb agreement, thanks teachers. ^^

    That is, "Cooked rice is called ... ."


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    Re: Need an urgent advice on subject verb agreement, thanks teachers. ^^

    Thanks for your advice, teacher Casiopea.

    So, how can I rephrase the sentence if I need to use "is called"? Should I omit the "s" in rice dumplings? Please advice, thanks again.

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    Re: Need an urgent advice on subject verb agreement, thanks teachers. ^^

    Bamboo leaves filled with rice are called rice dumplings.
    Cooked rice balls in bamboo leaves are called rice dumplings.


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    Re: Need an urgent advice on subject verb agreement, thanks teachers. ^^

    Thank you soooo much for rephrasing the sentence for me. All the best, itsgoobie ^^

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