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    #1

    On each floor live 4 families.

    Hi there!

    The following sentence sounds strange to me.

    On each floor live 4 families.

    I believe I should either conjugate the verb 'live' in the third person or use 'there + be', as this: there are 4 families on each floor. What change would suggest?

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    Tito

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    Re: Conjugate the verb or change the structure?

    The sentence is OK as it is. It is possible to invert the subject and verb when we begin with a preposition phrase in a sentence like this. Four families live on this floor and There are four families on this floor are also possible.

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    Re: Conjugate the verb or change the structure?

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'


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    Re: Conjugate the verb or change the structure?

    It's certainly more natural to say "four families live on each floor."

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