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    #1

    Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    Of the following sentences, which one is grammatical?

    The amenities of this room include one single bed.
    The amenity of this room includes one single bed.

    I am asking this question because we only have one object after the verb "include".

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    #2

    Re: Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    I would use the first.

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    #3

    Re: Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    The second is wrong.

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    Re: Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    If it's a hotel room, I would certainly hope it contains at least one bed! I find "amenities" a rather unusual word to refer to beds. Hotels' amenities usually include things like a gym, swimming pool, tennis court, laundry room, restaurant etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If it's a hotel room, I would certainly hope it contains at least one bed! I find "amenities" a rather unusual word to refer to beds. Hotels' amenities usually include things like a gym, swimming pool, tennis court, laundry room, restaurant etc.
    What matters to me most is the syntactic properties of this sentence not its semantic content. I agree with you that this sentence may have unusual meaning.

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    Re: Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    I understand that but we always comment on whether posts are natural and logical. A sentence can be grammatically and syntactically perfect but make absolutely no sense at all. I see no point in writing such sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I understand that but we always comment on whether posts are natural and logical. A sentence can be grammatically and syntactically perfect but make absolutely no sense at all. I see no point in writing such sentences.
    Yes. I agree: Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

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    Re: Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    I think a bed can hardly be called an amenity.
    You can say: The room is furnished with a bed.
    A bed is provided in the room.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Sep-2015 at 10:49. Reason: Fixed minor typo
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