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    Hello,

    The house of Parliament was built in the nineteenth century.
    The house of Parliament were built in the nineteenth century.

    Wich one is correct.
    I would use the first, because that is only one house. But my Practise Book answered the second one. If the second one is correct, why?

    Thanks in advance,
    Dany

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Hello,

    The house of Parliament was built in the nineteenth century.
    The house of Parliament were built in the nineteenth century.

    Wich one is correct.
    I would use the first, because that is only one house. But my Practise Book answered the second one. If the second one is correct, why?

    Thanks in advance,
    Dany
    Singular subject, singular verb,

    The House of Parliament was built. . . .

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    If it refers to Britain, then it should be the 'Houses of Parliament were built' as we have two houses. I think it might be a printing error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If it refers to Britain, then it should be the 'Houses of Parliament were built' as we have two houses. I think it might be a printing error.
    Oh, I see. My general education is really bad
    Thanks for your helps.
    Dany

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