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    Hi I need help in the following sentences that will show proper agreement:

    1. A little child often (see, sees) more than you think. see, is this correct?
    2. The phenomena associated with a total eclipse of the sun ( was, were) studied by scientists from all over the world. was-- is the proper agreement.

    3. The bus with twenty-five children, three men, and two women ( was, were) studied by scientists from all over the world. were-- is the proper agreement

    4. The army, supported by airplanes and artillery, ( has, have) won the battle. has --is the proper agreement.

    I am right or wrong?

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    Default Re: Proper agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by raelynn
    1. A little child often (see, sees) more than you think. see, is this correct?
    A little child sees. (Third person singular)

    Quote Originally Posted by raelynn
    2. The phenomena associated with a total eclipse of the sun ( was, were) studied by scientists from all over the world. was-- is the proper agreement.
    The phenomena was. (Third person singular)

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    3. The bus with twenty-five children, three men, and two women ( was, were) studied by scientists from all over the world. were-- is the proper agreement
    The bus was. (Third person singular)

    Quote Originally Posted by raelynn
    4. The army, supported by airplanes and artillery, ( has, have) won the battle. has --is the proper agreement.
    The army was. (Third person singular--army is a mass noun.)

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    'Phenomenon' is the accepted singular and 'phenomena' the plural, but many native speakers use the plural form as singular in BE.

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    Oops! I should have said the phenomena were.

    It's the phenomenon was or the phenomena were. (The singular is phenomenon and the plural is phenomena.)


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