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    Plural verb usage

    When does one use plural verb in a sentence? What is the reason for such usage?

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    Re: Plural verb usage

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    Use a plural verb when the subject is plural.

    My bat is sickly. -- singular subject (bat) and singular verb (is)
    My bats are sickly. -- plural subject (bats) and plural verb (are)
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    Re: Plural verb usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
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    Use a plural verb when the subject is plural.

    My bat is sickly. -- singular subject (bat) and singular verb (is)
    My bats are sickly. -- plural subject (bats) and plural verb (are)
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    Correction:

    My bat is sick--subject in the singular[bat]; verb in the singular[is]

    the verb "to be" is a linking verb and you should use only an adjective with it,but you can use an adverb after "is" in the following example:
    My bat is nearly sick [sick is an adjective linked to the verb "be"]

    My bats are sick -subject in the plural and verb in the plural

    Search more about "subject-verb agreement" on this site or on the web.

    Regards

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    Re: Plural verb usage

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    Quick definitions (sickly)

    adjective: unhealthy looking
    adjective: somewhat ill or prone to illness (Example: "A sickly child").
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    Re: Plural verb usage

    We use plural verbs when the subject is plural.

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    Re: Plural verb usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
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    Quick definitions (sickly)

    adjective: unhealthy looking
    adjective: somewhat ill or prone to illness (Example: "A sickly child").
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    Thank you for clarifying that. I guess this word can`t be used in a sentence as it follows ,or can it?

    The man is sickly. [?]

    I`d rather say :The man is sickly looking.

    Is this second sentence correct?

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    Re: Plural verb usage

    The man and his bat are both sickly. And they are also both sickly-looking; but that seems poorer writing style to me.

    The man is handsome.
    The man is handsome-looking
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    Which would you choose?
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    Re: Plural verb usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    The man and his bat are both sickly. And they are also both sickly-looking; but that seems poorer writing style to me.

    The man is handsome.
    The man is handsome-looking
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    Which would you choose?
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    I`d choose the first sentence. I think that "handsome" is good enough.


    The man and his bat are both sickly - It`s a very strange use of the adjective; again , in my opinion, "sick" is good enough.I have never read or heard of this use of "sickly"[ with the linking verb "be"].

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    Re: Plural verb usage

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    You need to get out more, Sheena. Sick and sickly have different meanings:

    Sick-- not in good physical or mental health
    Sickly-- unhealthy looking; somewhat ill or prone to illness

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