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    #1

    What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    1. My family are just a bunch of crackpots.
    2. There is five people in the room.
    3. I just had dinner.
    4. They're always visiting me on Tuesdays.

    Thanks for your help.

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    #2

    Re: What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    1. Some insist that collective nouns are singular, and must always be followed by a singular verb-form.
    2. You should be able to spot the mistake there.
    I believe that #3 breaks no rules in AmE. In BrE, we use the present perfect with 'just' for things that have happened only a very short time ago.
    I know of no prescriptive rule broken in #4.

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    #3

    Re: What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    Hello mistrzou, and welcome to the forum.

    Can you tell us where you found that question please?

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    #4

    Re: What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I know of no prescriptive rule broken in #4.
    That's interesting because my teachers at school used to say that the simple present must be used for actions that happen on a regular basis ("always"), but they were no native speakers, so I trust you more than them.

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    #5

    Re: What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    Hello, AirbusA321.
    Please see definition #4 here:
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...lways?q=Always

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    #6

    Re: What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    Let's wait for mistrzou to answer teechar's question in post #3.

    I suspect we're being asked to do a homework assignment.

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    #7

    Re: What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    Also under discussion here.

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    #8

    Re: What prescriptive rule of grammar this sentence break?

    Quote Originally Posted by mistrzou View Post
    What prescriptive rule of grammar ​does this sentence break?
    I'm not going to add any more answers to the actual question but I am going to draw your attention to the fact that there was a word missing from your post (and from your title).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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