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    Quantity singular/plural

    I want to say within a sentence the following "....and a sizable quantity of weapons was seized near the village of .....".
    It feels like I should say "weapons were siezed"
    Which way is correct in this contect.
    Thanks

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    billmcd is offline Key Member
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    Re: Quantity singular/plural

    "quantity was....."

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    Re: Quantity singular/plural

    A [small/large] quantity of weapons were seized - here 'A quantity of' equates to 'they'
    but if we drop the 'of + noun' we are talking about the 'quantity' which is singular:

    A quantity was seized

    A common example is the use of the plural with 'a number of':

    A [large] number of people were queuing up to vote outside the polling station - here 'a number of' equates to 'they'

    but note:

    The number of people queuing up to vote is incredible! - with 'the' you are talking about the 'number' so we use the singular

    Bertie

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    Exclamation Re: Quantity singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "quantity was....."
    It can also be used in plural form (large quantities of ) but as subject it always takes a (singular) plural verb; as
    During the raid, large quantities of cocaine (was) were seized at Beirut port
    The plural form is used in phases like: in large/small/sufficient etc quantities; as:
    Green tea can be harmful if taken in large quantities
    Glucose is used in large quantities for medical purposes
    Buy vegetables in small quantities, for your immediate use.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 26-May-2010 at 08:39.

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    Re: Quantity singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    It can also be used in plural form (large quantities of ) but as subject it always takes a singular verb; as
    During the raid, large quantities of cocaine was were seized at Beirut port
    The plural form is used in phases like: in large/small/sufficient etc quantities; as:
    Green tea can be harmful if taken in large quantities
    Glucose is used in large quantities for medical purposes
    Buy vegetables in small quantities, for your immediate use.
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    Exclamation Re: Quantity singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
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    Thank you. I stand corrected, it should bo plural verb.

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