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    #1

    The symptoms of respiratory infection includes

    Do I use 'symptoms' or 'symptom' in the sentence below:

    The symptom/symptoms of respiratory infection includes sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and fever.

    I think 'includes' agrees with 'respiratory infection'. Since more than one symptom is named, I think 'symptoms' should be used.

    Is this sentence correct?
    - "The symptoms of respiratory infection include sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and fever."

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: The symptoms of respiratory infection includes

    The symptoms...include... is correct.

    Say a sore throat.

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    #3

    Re: The symptoms of respiratory infection includes

    I would not say a sore throat.​ At least in American English, the indefinite article doesn't belong there.
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    #4

    Re: The symptoms of respiratory infection includes

    You could use include[s] to make both forms correct.

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    #5

    Re: The symptoms of respiratory infection includes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could use include[s] to make both forms correct.
    I don't understand what you meant by using: 'include(s)' to make both forms correct.

    Includes in terms of singular and plural forms?

    Both forms refer to ?

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    #6

    Re: The symptoms of respiratory infection includes

    If you want to use symptom/symptoms, then the verb should reflect this choice.

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