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    The analects of Confucius, singular or plural?

    The analects of Confucius contain the gist of his teachings, and is worthy of study.
    The Wisdom of Confucius Epiphanius Wilson

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/analects?s=ts

    Why not use contains in the above sentence? Is it a typo?
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    Re: The analects of Confucius, singular or plural?

    If analects were capitalized, I'd treat the phrase as singular: The Analects of Confucius contains the gist of his teachings. Presented in lower case, the phrase looks plural to me: the analects of Confucius are worthy of study. In either case, the phrase doesn't change its number between clauses. The editor made an error.
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