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    Hello. Could you please help me with the subject-verb agreement in the following sentence? -

    'I think that classroom lessons is a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world'.



    I just feel 'is' is correct here, but I cannot find the explanation in my grammar books. I remember I have seen it somewhere, just have failed to find. Could you please give me the rule?

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    isn't it because "lessons" is plural?
    "lesson is" and "lessons are".
    the verb has to match the noun, I think.
    just a student.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solnadya View Post
    Hello. Could you please help me with the subject-verb agreement in the following sentence? -

    'I think that classroom lessons is a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world'.



    I just feel 'is' is correct here, but I cannot find the explanation in my grammar books. I remember I have seen it somewhere, just have failed to find. Could you please give me the rule?

    I think we should use "are".
    We use the singular or plural verb according to what comes before the verb
    "classroom lessons"

    not according to what follows the verb. Here is "a more effective way."

    So, use "are".
    Last edited by sash2008; 14-Jun-2009 at 00:23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solnadya;483853
    'I think that classroom lessons [COLOR=Red
    is[/COLOR] a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world'.

    I think that (taking) classroom lessons is a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world.
    A verb like 'taking' is understood to be present. (It has been established or is otherwise understood that the sentence is talking about taking lessons).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I think that (taking) classroom lessons is a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world.
    A verb like 'taking' is understood to be present. (It has been established or is otherwise understood that the sentence is talking about taking lessons).

    If we think that there is an omitted gerund (taking), then I agree with you to use (is).


    What about the following?

    Apples are.....................
    Eating apples is..............
    Last edited by sash2008; 14-Jun-2009 at 18:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    If we think that there is an omitted gerung (taking), then I agree with you to use (is).


    What about the following?

    Apples are.....................
    Eating apples is..............

    I think 2006's analysis is very right!!!
    I think______

    taking classroom lessons can match a more effective way ,
    classroom lessons cannot match a more effective way.

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    Default Re: classroom lessons is or are?

    Of course, I agree with 2006
    but the original sentence is not so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solnadya View Post
    Hello. Could you please help me with the subject-verb agreement in the following sentence? -

    'I think that classroom lessons is a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world'.
    There is a notional concord between the verb 'is' and classroom lessons as an effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world.

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    Correct: I think that classroom lessons are a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world.
    Incorrect: I think that classroom lessons is a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world.

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    Default Re: classroom lessons is or are?

    [quote=Daruma;483952]Correct: I think that classroom lessons are a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world.
    Incorrect: I think that classroom lessons is a more effective way to acquire good knowledge of the world.


    I agree, 'are' is correct. I don't see how one can assume an absent 'taking' before 'classroom lessons'.

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