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    Smile singular form or prural form?

    Dear teachers, I am always confused about how the singular and prural forms vary in some certain cases as follows:

    ....They also point out that alternative punishments, such as extremely long prison terms, are a great expense to society and rarely result in successful rehabilitation, so that the criminal (or should it be "criminals"?) would be a potential danger to the community.

    Can we view "punishments", "terms", or "criminals" as a whole, and then use "a/an" behind them?

    I will be most grateful if anyone can kindly explain it to me, or correct my sentence. thank you!

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    Re: singular form or prural form?

    Punishments- plural, with a plural verb are You cannot use a terms/punishments
    The criminal/criminals- either could be used here

    would be a potential danger- how about would remain...

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