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    Hi,
    Which is the verb form after "a series..."?

    Please give me an example.
    Thank you in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,
    Which is the verb form after "a series..."?
    It takes a prepositional phrase:
    Ex: a series of + [plural noun]

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    one usage only?

    What about "series" (without "a") - do people ever use it?

    Thank you very much ^^
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    Default Re: "a series..."

    Here are two:

    Inside a prepositional phrase; e.g., in a series.
    As a noun;e.g., a TV series.

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    Thanks a lot, Soup :)
    And "a TV series" is also followed by a plural verb? I just find it rather strange because there is the article "a" here...

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    Default Re: "a series..."

    You're most welcome.

    Note that, the phrase "a series" takes a singular verb.

    Ex: A series is ...
    Ex: A TV series is ...
    Ex: A series of computers is ...

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    Default Re: "a series..."

    Helo
    Note I'm not a teacher,

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    one usage only?

    What about "series" (without "a") - do people ever use it?

    Thank you very much ^^
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    In matematics we use "series" without 'a' like :
    Geometric series, when we talk about a group of a geometric series.


    Examples:
    Geometric series are the simplest examples of infinite series with finite sums.
    Geometric series have many important applications.

    But when we talk about one particular we use is
    A geometric series is .....


    Cheers
    Last edited by Jaskin; 17-Jul-2008 at 13:17.

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    Default Re: "a series..."

    The following nouns such as series,means,species,etc. which end in -s can be singular or plural,which means that they take either singular or plural verb depending on the context.

    1)indefinite article a/an + noun +singular verb
    a species of birds
    a means of transport
    a television series
    2)det +noun+plural verb
    150 species of birds
    many means of transport
    two television series

    more examples:
    This plant is a very rare species.
    These plants are very rare species.
    The bicycle is a means of transport.
    The bicycle and the car are means of transport.
    Sue is going to write a series of articles for her local newspaper.
    There are a lot of American television series on British television.
    While we were out walking towards the marsh,we saw 14 different species of birds.
    I am a teacher,but English is not my native language.
    regards!

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