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    Two grammar questions

    Recently, in a British dictionary, I ran into the sentence:
    “THE beautiful beaches ARE the island's main attraction.”
    I have two questions: why “the” and why “are”?
    Why not:
    “Beautiful beaches IS the island's main attraction.”

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Two grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    Recently, in a British dictionary, I ran into the sentence:
    “THE beautiful beaches ARE the island's main attraction.”
    I have two questions: why “the” and why “are”?
    Why not:
    “Beautiful beaches IS the island's main attraction.”

    Thanks in advance.
    The sentence would work with or without "the". "The" was used because it referred to specific beaches.
    "Are" was used because "beaches" is plural.

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    Re: Two grammar questions

    Northpath, please note that a better title would have been 'The beautiful beaches...'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Two grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The sentence would work with or without "the". "The" was used because it referred to specific beaches.
    "Are" was used because "beaches" is plural.

    OK, but I were tought that the verb should agree with the predicative. For instance:
    "These people IS a threat to our society."
    No?

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    Re: Two grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    OK, but I was taught that the verb should agree with the predicative. For instance:
    "These people IS a threat to our society."
    No?
    No.

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    Re: Two grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    OK, but I were tought that the verb should agree with the predicative. For instance:
    "These people IS a threat to our society."
    No?
    The subject is supposed to agree in number with the verb.

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