1. ## it was

Dear teachers...

Could you comment on the correctness of this sentence?

It was determined the constant K, the value of P and...

It sounds wrong once there is more than one property (K, P, etc) in being determined, therefore it should be in the plural form.

Maybe if it was inverted like this sentence below, it would sound better:

The constant K, the value of P and others were determined...

Thank you.

2. ## Re: it was

Great Gil,

I am afraid that is not exactly the point here.

It was determined that all employees should clock on at 7 am.
'determined' here means 'to settle', 'to decide'.

It was determined the age of this building by ... (a bit odd)
The age of this building was determined by analysing the material its bricks were made of.
'determined' here means 'to stablish after calculation', 'to evaluate'.

3. ## Re: it was

It was determined the age of this building by ... (a bit odd) It's not odd; it's not possible.
The age of this building was determined by analysing the material its bricks were made of.This is the correct construction.
Part of the problem is that you did not quote a complete sentence. Gil did the best he could with what you gave him.

4. ## Re: it was

Originally Posted by fivejedjon
Part of the problem is that you did not quote a complete sentence. Gil did the best he could with what you gave him.
Yes, I noticed it was my fault and thanked him for that.

I wonder whether this is possible or not.

Were determined A, B and C. Therefore it was possible to ...

which must have the same meaning as

A, B and C were determined. Therefore it was possible to ...

Thanks

5. ## Re: it was

I wonder whether this is possible or not.

Were determined A, B and C. Therefore it was possible to ...

which must have the same meaning as

A, B and C were determined. Therefore it was possible to ...
Once again, it's difficult to say with just that information. We need at least one sentence before this one, and also the second part of your second sentence, which you have indicated by three dots.

6. ## Re: it was

Originally Posted by fivejedjon
Once again, it's difficult to say with just that information. We need at least one sentence before this one, and also the second part of your second sentence, which you have indicated by three dots.
Were determined the dimensions of the pool, its width, height and length, therefore it was possible to say the amount of water we could put in it.

or

The dimensions of the pool were determined, its width, height and length, therefore it was possible to say the amount of water we could put in it.

So, the original sentence should read:

It was determined the lenght, height and width of the pool, therefore it was possible to calculate its volume.

Could you comment on the grammar of this sentence, I mean, the usage of 'was' and 'were'?

Thank you

7. ## Re: it was

Were determined the dimensions of the pool, its width, height and length, therefore it was possible to say the amount of water we could put in it. No

It was determined the length, height and width of the pool, therefore it was possible to calculate its volume.No

The dimensions of the pool, its width, height and length, were determined, therefore and so it was possible to say the amount of water we could put in it.

Whether the subject is the dimensions or the width, height and length, the verb is were. However, the normal position of the subject in English is before the verb.

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