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    Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    Hello,

    I was reading an article in Wikipedia that I suddenly came across with the text below. I think the bolded part of it is ungrammatical. What do you think?

    Her books, which include her autobiography (The Life of Teresa of Jesus) and her seminal work El Castillo Interior (trans.: The Interior Castle), are an integral part of Spanish Renaissance literature as well as Christian mysticism and Christian meditation practices.
    I think it should have been written like the form below:

    ..............., are integral parts ................

    Although it is correct to say "are an integral part" in Persian, I am not sure about English.

    Thank you in advance,

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    #2

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    I agree with you -- are integral parts.

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    #3

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    I'm fine with it.

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    #4

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I'm fine with it.
    Well based on the English grammar I guess the bolded part of the original text is ungrammatical. In addition Dear @MikeNewYork, a native speaker of English agreed with me.

    on the other hand, you say that it's fine and you have got no problem with it as a native speaker of English. I cannot ignore your reply easily because your first language is English. But may I ask you why did you say it is fine?

    What about other native speakers of English? do you think the bolded part of the original text is grammatical?

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    #5

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    Her books, taken together, make up one part of Spanish renaissance literature.

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    #6

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Her books, taken together, make up one part of Spanish renaissance literature.
    Thank you Piscean, I have got no problem in understanding the text. I just want to know is it the bold part of the original text grammatical for you?

    Till now, one native speaker of English said it is not and the other one said it is.

    I want to know the opinions of other native speakers about that part.

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    #7

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    There are often differences of opinion about grammatical number.

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    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    I want to know the opinions of other native speakers about that part.
    Several native English speakers 'Liked' SoothingDave's reply, which means we agree with it.

    You can check out our native language by clicking on Member Info.

    You may observe that I clicked 'Like' for both Dave's post #3 and Mike's post #7. There is no discrepancy as I agree with the opinions expressed in those two posts.

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    #9

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    It all depends on how you conceptualize her "Books," as one thing or multiple things.

    Like saying "bacon and eggs is my favorite breakfast." Though nominally plural, "bacon and eggs" is considered to be "one thing," and hence the singular verb.

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    #10

    Re: Is it grammatical to say "are an integral parts?"

    I can see both sides of this one. That does, of course, make it hard for me to strongly disagree either way. On the one hand, "Her books ... are integral parts" certainly agrees in number. On the other hand, you might say "Her books (taken as a whole) ... are an integral part...."

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