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    #1

    this kind of questions

    Which one is correct?
    1. This kind of question is not acceptable here.
    2. This kind of questions is not acceptable here.
    3. This kind of questions are not acceptable here.
    4. These kinds of question is not acceptable here.
    5. These kinds of question are not acceptable here.
    6. These kinds of questions are not acceptable here.

    I am particularly interested in 2 VS 3, and 4 VS 5.

    P.S. Is this kind of question acceptable here?


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    #2

    Re: this kind of questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju1ian View Post
    Which one is correct?
    1. This kind of question is not acceptable here. - 'This', 'kind', 'question', and 'is' are singular.
    2. This kind of questions is not acceptable here. - 'This', 'kind', and 'is' are singular; 'questions' is plural.
    3. This kind of questions are not acceptable here. - 'This' and 'kind' are singular; 'questions' and 'are' are plural.
    4. These kinds of question is not acceptable here. - 'These' and 'kinds' are plural; 'question' and 'is' are singular.
    5. These kinds of question are not acceptable here. - 'These', 'kinds', and 'are' are plural; 'question' is singular.
    6. These kinds of questions are not acceptable here. - 'These', 'kinds', 'questions', and 'are' are plural.

    I am particularly interested in 2 VS 3, and 4 VS 5.

    P.S. Is this kind of question acceptable here?
    (Not a teacher)

    As you may have noticed, everything must agree in number.

    Yes, such questions are acceptable in these forums.

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    #3

    Re: this kind of questions

    How about these?

    1. That kind of cars is all sold out.
    2. That kind of cars are all sold out.
    3. That kind of car is all sold out.
    4. Cars of that kind are all sold out.
    5. Cars of those kinds are all sold out.

    #5 may be grammatically correct but it actually does not convey what the speaker means to say. There is only one kind (type) the speaker has in mind, while he needs to refer to multiple cars that belong to that same kind. Also, #3 does not sound quite right either (regardless of the grammar) because it sounds as if there was only one car.

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    #4

    Re: this kind of questions

    bump

    Basically, I was asking if #4 of the previous post was grammatically correct. I thought #1 and #2 were grammatically incorrect. #3 and #5 might be grammatically correct but not appropriate in the context.

    Any help?

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    #5

    Re: this kind of questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju1ian View Post
    bump

    Basically, I was asking if #4 of the previous post was grammatically correct. I thought #1 and #2 were grammatically incorrect. #3 and #5 might be grammatically correct but not appropriate in the context.

    Any help?
    #3 and #4 are ok. The others are not.

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    #6

    Re: this kind of questions

    Bhai, not 5?

    At the car rental counter:
    A: I'm looking for a compact or a sub-compact.
    B: Sorry, cars of those kinds are sold out.

    I would prefer "Those kinds of cars" but I wouldn't say it was wrong. Would you?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: this kind of questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Bhai, not 5?

    At the car rental counter:
    A: I'm looking for a compact or a sub-compact.
    B: Sorry, cars of those kinds are sold out.

    I would prefer "Those kinds of cars" but I wouldn't say it was wrong. Would you?
    Yes you are right, it's not wrong, it's just awkward.

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    #8

    Re: this kind of questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    [I]t's just awkward.
    I completely agree with you!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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