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    Grammatical phenomenon

    Dear teacher,

    I am not a native English speaker but I love English language. I have a great interest especially in English grammar. I read and write a lot. Recently I have come across certain grammatical phenomenon. To illustrate my question I use an example:

    All of the group WAS sittting....
    All of the group WERE sitting....

    Personally I would be inclined to use the first one. Could I use the second one as well? If yes, when it would be acceptable?

    What is the grammatical phenomenon? I would call it plural grammatical allusion.

    Ahead many thanks.

    Elle

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    Re: Grammatical phenomenon

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Dear teacher,

    I am not a native English speaker but I love English language. I have a great interest especially in English grammar. I read and write a lot. Recently I have come across certain grammatical phenomenon. To illustrate my question I use an example:

    All of the group WAS sittting....
    All of the (people in the) group WERE sitting....

    The subject is "all", which here is both countable and plural.

    All of the work was done in less than an hour.
    Here "(all of the) work" is not countable, so you cannot use a plural verb.

    Elle
    2006

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