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  1. sharguar
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    Where is the noun?

    "An estimated 30% of adults were infected
    with HIV virus."
    "An estimated 2 million prople were infected
    with HIV virus."


    We know "an" is followed by a noun.
    Where are the nouns in the sentences above?

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    Re: Where is the noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharguar
    "An estimated 30% of adults were infected
    with HIV virus."
    "An estimated 2 million prople were infected
    with HIV virus."


    We know "an" is followed by a noun.
    Where are the nouns in the sentences above?
    An estimated thirty percent of adults...

    All the best, :D

  3. sharguar
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    Re: Where is the noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by sharguar
    "An estimated 30% of adults were infected
    with HIV virus."
    "An estimated 2 million prople were infected
    with HIV virus."


    We know "an" is followed by a noun.
    Where are the nouns in the sentences above?
    An estimated thirty percent of adults...

    All the best, :D
    But,in theses sentences:
    "An estimated 2 million people were infected with HIV virus."
    " By 1889 only an estimated 541 buffalo remained."

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    Re: Where is the noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharguar
    But, in these sentences:
    "An estimated 2 million people were infected with HIV virus."
    "By 1889 only an estimated 541 buffalo remained."
    Consider the phrase 'a pair'. Notice the noun 'pair' is singular in number: 1 pair (singular); 2 pairs, 3 pairs (plural). In terms of semantics, 'pair' is not singular; It's plural: it represents two items e.g. a pair of shoes = two shoes. In terms of grammatical number, 'pair' is singular and 'pairs' is plural in number.

    An estimated number. (Note that, the noun 'number' is singular).

    An estimated 2 million people. (Note that, the noun phrase '2 million people' is plural, but that it represents a singular noun, notably 'number')

    All the best, :D

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