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    if only a sufficiently large number

    Can I say this?
    Every party can come into power, if only a sufficiently large number of people supports it.

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    Re: if only a sufficiently large number

    This sentence reads natural to me. But i think " a large number of people" means more than one people, so the following verb should be "support".
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    Re: if only a sufficiently large number

    You could simplify it by using simply "enough" instead of "a sufficiently large number of". You would then use "people support it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: if only a sufficiently large number

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoyo2012 View Post
    This sentence reads seems/sounds natural to me (no full stop here) but I think "a large number of people" means more than one people person, so the following verb should be "support".

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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: if only a sufficiently large number

    Quote Originally Posted by blizzy View Post
    Can I say this?
    Every party can come into power, if only a sufficiently large number of people supports it.
    I'd say

    'Any party can come into power if a majority of people vote for it'. 'Supporting' a party is not the same as voting for it.

    'Every party can't come into power—not at the same time, anyway.

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    Re: if only a sufficiently large number

    In American English, "supports" would be right, and "support" would be wrong. We usually treat groups as singular nouns: the army is, Parliament is, U2 is.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: if only a sufficiently large number

    This American would write if a sufficiently large number of people support it.
    I am not a teacher.

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