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    "are a threat / are threats"

    Dear Teachers

    I am having trouble of determining which of the following is correct in my writing, 1) and 3) sound more natural to me (but they seem bad grammar). 2) and 4) are what I have been taught at school, matching plural with plural, but they sound a bit less natural to me (I am not sure)

    1) Some of the credit cutbacks are a natural response to companies' past excesses
    2) Some of the credit cutbacks are natural responses to companies' past excesses

    3) I don't like people who are a threat to our national security
    4) I don't like people who are threats to our national security

    Please kindly advise which ones are preferred.

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    Anthony the learner

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    Re: "are a threat / are threats"

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Dear Teachers

    I am having trouble of determining which of the following is correct in my writing, 1) and 3) sound more natural to me (but they seem bad grammar). 2) and 4) are what I have been taught at school, matching plural with plural, but they sound a bit less natural to me (I am not sure)

    1) Some of the credit cutbacks are a natural response to companies' past excesses
    2) Some of the credit cutbacks are natural responses to companies' past excesses

    3) I don't like people who are a threat to our national security
    4) I don't like people who are threats to our national security

    Please kindly advise which ones are preferred.

    Regards

    Anthony the learner
    Because of "cutbacks" and "people", 2 and 4 are preferred.

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    Re: "are a threat / are threats"

    I have no problems with 1 & 3, especially if, say, five people constitute a single threat. Mind you, I'm a BrE speaker and we tend to be relaxed on singular and plural issues.

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    Re: "are a threat / are threats"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I have no problems with 1 & 3, especially if, say, five people constitute a single threat. Mind you, I'm a BrE speaker and we tend to be relaxed on singular and plural issues.
    I could use any of those sentences. I actually prefer 1 and 4.

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    Re: "are a threat / are threats"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I could use any of those sentences. I actually prefer 1 and 4.
    I could use any of them too.

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