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    #1

    be verb + number


    I found the sentence in the BBC article:
    A study in recent months suggested that the giraffe was actually four different species.

    Is this grammatically correct? Because I never heard <Subject> <be verb> <number> order.

    I would say, there were four species of giraffe.

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: be verb + number

    A study in recent months suggested that the giraffe was actually four different species.


    It's fine.

    The order of the underlined expression is Subj - Verb - Complement, where the Complement is the noun phrase "four different species".

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