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Hello, I have a question about the following sentence.
"A pair of apple trees are planted on both sides of the lane."
Does this mean that an apple tree is on one side of the lane, and another apple tree is on the other side of the lane? (that is, two apple trees in total?)
Or, does this mean that a pair of apple trees are on one side of the lane, and another pair of apple trees are on the other side of the lane? (that is, four apple trees in total?)
Is the sentence gramatically correct?
Shoule the setence be "a pair of apple trees IS planted on both sides of the lane"?
If there is, what is the difference between the above sentence and the following sentence:
"A pair of apple trees are planted on each side of the lane."
If anyone could answer these questions, it would be a great help:)
Last edited by engee30; 25-Jun-2007 at 01:45.
"A pair" is singular and therefore takes "is". It also implies that there are two objects only.
I would read the sentence as being incorrect and that the proper phrasing should be:
"A pair of trees is planted on either side of the lane"
The pair of trousers that mum washed for me has shrunk.
There is a pair of scissors on the kitchen table.
However, if pair of is used with other plural nouns that don't have two main parts of the same size and/or shape, you can use both the plural and singular form of a verb with pair of:
A pair of apple trees is/are planted on either side of the lane.
Can a pair be planted on both sides? Or on either side? For clarity - Pairs of trees are planted on both sides; A pair of trees have been planted on either side.
Of course if there were only two trees planted, one would say '(An) (One) apple tree is planted on (each)(either) side of the lane.'
I would say "A pair of apple trees are planted.....".
Hi, I'm the one who asked the question of this thread. (I registered after putting my first post:)
Anyway, thank you for your replies, I'm a bit confused, though.
To sum up all the answers, the correct sentence would be:
"A pair of trees is planted on either (or each) side of the lane",
and the sentence indicates that there are four trees in all.
Am I correct?
Thanks a lot!