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    #1

    singular or plural

    which one is correct?
    1. The atmospherics of the talks ARE good. OR The atmospherics of the talks IS good.
    2. The premises IS used as a pub. OR The premises ARE used as a pub.

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    #2

    Re: singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by yuanmingqing View Post
    which one is correct?
    1. The atmospherics of the talks ARE good. OR The atmospherics of the talks IS good.
    2. The premises IS used as a pub. OR The premises ARE used as a pub.

    Many thanks

    Yuanmingqing
    1. are
    2. are

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    #3

    Re: singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by yuanmingqing View Post
    which one is correct?
    1. The atmospherics of the talks ARE good. OR The atmospherics of the talks IS good.
    2. The premises IS used as a pub. OR The premises ARE used as a pub.

    Many thanks

    Yuanmingqing
    I am not familiar with that use of "atmospherics". Is it something particular to Thai speaking Barbadians living in Bangladesh?

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    #5

    Re: singular or plural

    Regardless of the dictionary definition, this sentence does not sound natural. One would more likely hear "The atmosphere of the talks is good."

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    #6

    Re: singular or plural

    Atmospherics used in that context sound strange, but this word was used by George Osborne to describe his talk with a Chinese official about London being a Yuan offshore trading centre. I read it from the Financial Times.

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    Re: singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by yuanmingqing View Post
    Atmospherics used in that context sound strange, but this word was used by George Osborne to describe his talk with a Chinese official about London being a Yuan offshore trading centre. I read it from the Financial Times.

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    I don't accept George Osborne as an authority on the English language or on anything else for that matter.

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