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    A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Which verb should I use?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Which verb should I use?

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    I would accept either one.

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    #3

    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Which verb should I use?

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    I would use the singular "is" because the subject (variety) is singular.

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    #4

    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    But others could read it as "There are many types of seeds here."

    (And, yes, I know you have an inexplicable desire to write that as "many type of seeds" which makes no sense to me and doesn't match anything I've read or heard anywhere outside your post in this forum, so rather than debate that point, let's just agree to say "some people see it as a quantifier for many seed types, so there are many varieties of seeds.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But others could read it as "There are many types of seeds here."

    (And, yes, I know you have an inexplicable desire to write that as "many type of seeds" which makes no sense to me and doesn't match anything I've read or heard anywhere outside your post in this forum, so rather than debate that point, let's just agree to say "some people see it as a quantifier for many seed types, so there are many varieties of seeds.)
    Different issue. This is a subject verb agreement issue. The sentence is what it is. And I have never proposed many type of seeds. That's completely wrong.

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    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    But you have said that "many type (singular)" which makes no sense to me.

    The point is that "A large variety of" can be seen as a quantifier of "seeds" rather than "of seeds" modifying the singular noun "variety."
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    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But you have said that "many type (singular)" which makes no sense to me.

    The point is that "A large variety of" can be seen as a quantifier of "seeds" rather than "of seeds" modifying the singular noun "variety."
    You are misquoting me. I have said that I prefer "Many kinds, types, etc. [plural] of [singular] where the singular is a generic concept.

    I understand your point about how some people might read the sentence. I hope you understand my point about about a singular subject being singular. If you wish to argue that "seeds" is the grammatical subject of the sentence, that is fine. But I disagree.

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    #8

    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    I do argue that many people will see "seeds" as the grammatical subject.

    I understand you do not agree.

    I apologize for misquoting you. Many types of "singular" makes no more sense to me than when you first introduced it but we won't go there today. Or ever.
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    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I do argue that many people will see "seeds" as the grammatical subject.

    I understand you do not agree.

    I apologize for misquoting you. Many types of "singular" makes no more sense to me than when you first introduced it but we won't go there today. Or ever.
    We can agree to disagree about both issues. Even when we disagree, I respect your opinions.

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    Re: A large variety of seeds is/are available to the farmers.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would accept either one.
    I would typically use and expect to hear "are" in that context. But without "seeds" I would use "is".

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