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    Post Using 'is' or 'are'

    Dear teachers,

    'So many people using the same equipment is bound to get a lot of bacteria'

    Why we use 'is', not 'are', in the above sentence? 'So many people' isn't plural? Can you give me a similar example of this kind of sentence pattern, please?

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    Re: Using 'is' or 'are'

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    'So many people using the same equipment is bound to get a lot of bacteria'

    Why we use 'is', not 'are', in the above sentence? 'So many people' isn't plural? Can you give me a similar example of this kind of sentence pattern, please?
    It is not a very clear sentence:
    "So many people using the same equipment is bound to generate a lot of bacteria" makes more sense.
    "Is" is correct because the sentence is saying that the fact that so many people use the equipment is bound to generate a lot of bacteria.

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