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    Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.

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    No surrender, says Sarkozy as strike action spreads | World news | The Guardian
    Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.

    Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can I say "The number of bike, car and scooter accidents has soared"?

    Thank you.


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    Re: Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello



    No surrender, says Sarkozy as strike action spreads | World news | The Guardian
    Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.

    Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can I say "has soared"?

    Thank you.
    Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can I say "The number of bike, car and scooter accidents has soared"?


    Yes, it is correct because in the second sentence "number" is the subject so it takes the "s" form - third person singular.

    The number of bike, car and scooter accidents - complex subject

    number - simple subject

    Number has soared. The number has soared.
    Last edited by PROESL; 30-Aug-2009 at 01:48.


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    Re: Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.

    - Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.
    - The number of bike, car and scooter accidents has soared.
    Is it up to individuals which of these two they say?


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    Re: Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - Bike, car and scooter accidents have soared.
    - The number of bike, car and scooter accidents has soared.
    Is it up to individuals which of these two they say?
    It certainly is, and how one makes that choice is likely a question pondered by linguists - I would say. It is certainly not a conscious choice on the part of native speakers. It's automatic. However, in writing news scripts and writing in general, such choices may very well be conscious.

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