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    #1

    "…, after only four French universities was ..."

    "…, after only four French universities was ranked among the world’s top 100 in an annual report."

    I don’t know why the plural here has been followed by a singular verb. My question: Is ... four French universities was ... grammatically correct, please?


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    Re: "…, after only four French universities was ..."

    What was the rest of the sentence, that part you omitted before you quoted it to us?

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    Re: "…, after only four French universities was ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    What was the rest of the sentence, that part you omitted before you quoted it to us?
    Thank you, Dave, and see please:

    The recent surveys came as the French Education Minister Vincent Peillon was recently forced to defend the quality of the country’s higher education system, after only four French universities was ranked among the world’s top 100 in an annual report.
    PressTV - Most French unsatisfied with education they received

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    #4

    Re: "…, after only four French universities was ..."

    It should be "were."

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    Re: "…, after only four French universities was ..."

    Not a good text to make such a mistake in

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