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  1. roseriver1012's Avatar
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    #1

    is or are?

    Large amounts of rice _________ taken from the country by railway.

    "is" or "are" in the blank? Thanks!

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    Re: is or are?

    Because amounts is plural are is correct. But you could also say "A large amount of rice is taken ..." and it would mean exactly the same.

    By the way, I think it better to say "by rail" than "by railway."

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    #3

    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Because amounts is plural are is correct.
    Do we need a comma after the word plural, please?


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    #4

    Re: is or are?

    Some people would use a comma. Personally I try to use commas only when they are undoubtedly necessarily.

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