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    the rest (of)

    Hello!

    I'd be grateful if someone could tell me if the sentences below sound ok.

    The beginning of the book is rather boring, but the rest of it is quite interesting.

    Mary is fond of classical music, but the rest of the family are not.

    I have the first pages, give me the rest.

    It seems to me they are all fine.

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    Re: the rest (of)

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    I'd be grateful if someone could tell me if the sentences below sound ok.

    The beginning of the book is rather boring, but the rest of it is quite interesting.

    Mary is fond of classical music, but the rest of the family are not. I would say "...the rest of the family is not."

    I have the first pages; give me the rest. You can only have one first page. You can say "I have the first few pages."

    It seems to me they are all fine.
    Your use of the rest (of) is fine in all three sentences. Wait for a speaker of BrE to comment on the use of is not/are not in the second sentence.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 24-Nov-2010 at 12:03.

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    Re: the rest (of)

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Your use of the rest (of) is fine in all three sentences. Wait for a speaker of BrE to comment on the use of is not/are not in the second sentence.
    Both are correct in BrE, though are is far more likely. Some (especially those of a pedantic turn) might prefer is, but I suspect that would sound a little odd to others.

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