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    #1

    the number of people that matters.

    Hi,

    - However, that is not just the number of people that matters.

    I tried to create such a sentence. I think it is OK to use 'matters', but not matter, because 'that matters' is related to the number, am I right?

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    #2

    Re: the number of people that matters.

    Say:

    However, it is not just the number of people that matters.

    (I don't have any context for that, so I don't know if it really makes sense or not.)


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    #3

    Re: the number of people that matters.

    Without more context, I agree with you.

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    #4

    Re: the number of people that matters.

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu
    'that matters' is related to 'the number', am I right?

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    Hello, Ademoglu:

    Your question fascinated me, so I did some research. I believe that the following comments are accurate.

    1. "It is not just the number of people that / which matters."

    a. Yes, in modern English, you may say that the antecedent of "that" or "which" in your sentence is "the number." Therefore: "The number matters."
    b. In older English, that would NOT be the explanation for using "matters." But you come here to learn English as it is analyzed in 2014, so I shall not comment further on this sentence.

    2. Now look at this sentence that I have made up:

    "The number of people who / that matter is 4,562."

    a. The antecedent of who / that is "people." Therefore, we must use the base form (no "s").


    James

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