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    Cool Subject/s

    How many subjects/Subject does/do Diploma in Marketing have?


    which one is correct?
    subjects or subject and do or does?

    Thank You

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    Default Re: Subject/s

    How many subjects does a Diploma in Marketing have?
    The finite verb is "does have", the verb's subject being "a diploma" (singular). "Subject" or "subjects" is the object of the verb "does have".

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    Hi teacher/dear justinwschang. I think in that case the name of the course is "Diploma in Marketing" , so is it still ok to say a diploma in marketing?Thank you.

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    Yes, it's ok.

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    Question Re: Subject/s

    How about this

    How many subject does a Diploma in Marketing have?

    i dont use plural. what does it stand for?

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    Default Re: Subject/s

    Many is plural, so its noun must be plural:
    How many subject does it have?
    How many subjects does it have?

    singular: It has one subject.
    plural: It has two subjects; It has three subjects.

    Meaning,
    What subject areas do you have to take to get a ... ?

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    Default Re: Subject/s

    Quote Originally Posted by kahhong View Post
    How about this

    How many subject does a Diploma in Marketing have?

    i dont use plural. what does it stand for?
    The complete (or finite) verb is "does have", and is singular because its subject (a diploma) is singular.

    The word "subject" in your sentence is the OBJECT of the verb "does have", and the object of a verb can be singular or plural, no matter whether the verb is singular or plural. However (as Mr Soup explained), because you are using the adjective "many", then the noun "subject" must be plural.

    So, your sentence should be "How many subjects does a Diploma in Marketing have?"

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