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    The Frick Collection
    The mansion of Henry Clay Frick was built in 1914 at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 70th Street in
    New York City. It was later opened to the public. Several improvements have been made over the years. Works of
    Manet, El Greco, Bernini, Degas, Vermeer, and many other artists can be found throughout the mansion. Some
    of the museum’s large collection of art is displayed at temporary exhibitions around the world.

    My question: I think that 'collectoin' and 'is' must be replaced with 'collections' and 'are'. Do you agree?
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    #2

    Re: subj verb agree

    It's not well-written.
    I suspect they intended to say:
    "(Some) parts of the museum's large collection of art are displayed at temporary exhibitions around the world."

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    Re: subj verb agree

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    My question: I think that 'collectoin' and 'is' must be replaced with 'collections' and 'are'. Do you agree?
    No. "Some is displayed."; "Some of the collection is displayed." I don't see the problem.
    "Some items are displayed." But it doesn't say that.

    "This bowl contains sugar. Some of the bowl's collection of sugar is going into my coffee."

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    #4

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    When the subject of a sentence is part of a whole, the number of the following prepositional object determines the number of the verb. In this case it is "collection", which is singular. Therefore, the verb should be "is".

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    #5

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    I mean after some or any other number when we have a noun if it is countable we need to place a plural noun, don't we?

    some of + plural noun
    one of + plural noun
    And collection is a countable noun here, am I right?
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    #6

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    "Some of" does not need a plural noun.

    Some of the cake was eaten.
    Some of the stew was moldy.

    "Collection" is a countable noun.

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    Sorry to ask again but I really needed to confirm my understanding.
    In this sentence:
    Some of the museum’s large collection of art is displayed at temporary exhibitions around the world.
    Some means several but because of the rule that Mike said in #4, the verb 'is' is singular.
    So it means: Some of the items, that are taken from the large collection of art, are displayed at temporary exhibitions around the world.

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    Or if some here means: one, so we have the following conclusion:

    In this case the sentence means: One item, that is taken from the large collection of art, is displayed at temporary exhibitions around the world.

    However, the point Mike mentioned in #4, cannot be understood easily.

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    #9

    Re: subj verb agree

    "Some" means more than one and less than all.

    The word "collection" requires the use of the singular.
    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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    Atabitaraf, what do you not understand?

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