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  1. Lisa
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    Smile Plz... help me out!

    My question is grammar.
    Is this sentence right?

    What are good manners in one country are sometimes bad manners in another.

    If the sentence above is not correct, how should it be changed?

    Plz... help me.


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    Re: Plz... help me out!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    My question is grammar.
    Is this sentence right?
    What are good manners in one country are sometimes bad manners in another.
    If the sentence above is not correct, how should it be changed?
    Plz... help me.
    'Tis poifectly grammatical, Lisa.


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    Re: Plz... help me out!

    I think the subject in the sentence is singular.

    " What is good manners in one country is bad manners in another" is a correct sentence.

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    Re: Plz... help me out!

    Quote Originally Posted by siruss View Post
    I think the subject in the sentence is singular.

    " What is good manners in one country is bad manners in another" is a correct sentence.
    I disagree. The word "manners" is used as plural.


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    Quote Originally Posted by siruss View Post
    I think the subject in the sentence is singular.

    " What is good manners in one country is bad manners in another" is a correct sentence.
    Yes, that's also correct, Siruss. It all depends on how the speaker views it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Yes, that's also correct, Siruss. It all depends on how the speaker views it.

    Results 1 - 10 of about 87,600 English pages for "good manners are".

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    There are many of those pages in which "good manners" is a prepositional object or a verbal object.
    The thing about good manners is....
    A lack of good manners is....
    Having good manners is....
    A desire to have good manners is...


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    Re: Plz... help me out!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There are many of those pages in which "good manners" is a prepositional object or a verbal object.
    The thing about good manners is....
    A lack of good manners is....
    Having good manners is....
    A desire to have good manners is...
    I'm prepared to so stipulate, Mike. But that doesn't remove the possibility of 'good manners' being viewed as a grouping, does it?

    Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. [Jonathan Swift]

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I'm prepared to so stipulate, Mike. But that doesn't remove the possibility of 'good manners' being viewed as a grouping, does it?

    Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. [Jonathan Swift]
    No, I agree with you there. When seen as a body of etiquette, the singular use works.

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