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    #1

    All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    All jackets in this shop is imported.


    I think the answer is 'is' because of the omission of the article 'the' before the word, 'jackets'.

    I'm unsure.

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    #2

    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    No, "all jackets" is plural, so it is followed by "are". It is the same with or without the definite article.
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    #3

    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    I think the 's' in 'jackets' indicates that it must be plural.
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    #4

    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    The omission of the article has no effect:

    Jackets are
    The jackets are
    All jackets are
    All the jackets are
    All of the jackets are

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    #5

    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    I think 'The collection of jackets' can be singular.
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    #6

    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'The collection of jackets' can be singular.
    Correct. My collection of jackets is the best in the state. The jackets are​ all exceptional.
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    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I think the answer is 'is' because of the omission of the article 'the' before the word, 'jackets'.
    Where did you find this rule? 'The' is invariable, and works for both singular and plural nouns. And the absence of 'the' doesn't make a plural noun singular.

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    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Where did you find this rule? 'The' is invariable, and works for both singular and plural nouns. And the absence of 'the' doesn't make a plural noun singular.
    Yes, I agree. When I saw it in one of Cambridge's dictionaries (under grammar rules), I was also surprised. I tried to find the webpage for the past 10 minutes or so to no avail. I'll try to locate it again. I reckon it must have been a misinterpretation on my part.

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    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    For uncountable noun like food, does it make a difference?

    For example:

    All the cooked food has/have to be consumed by this morning.

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    Re: All jackets in this shop is/are imported

    Uncountable nouns are singular.

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