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    #1

    swarm and surge

    please correct these sentense
    1 the beach was/were swarming with people yesteday
    2 a lot of people was/were swarming around the beach yesterday

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    #2

    Re: swarm and surge

    Quote Originally Posted by **C@RL$$** View Post
    please correct these sentense
    1 the beach was/were swarming with people yesteday
    2 a lot of people was/were swarming around the beach yesterday
    The beach was ...

    A lot of people were ....

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    #3

    Re: swarm and surge

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    The beach was ...

    A lot of people were ....
    And 1 is much better. They wouldn't be swarming around the beach, unless it was surrounded with barbed wire and they were looking in!

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    I don't know why I specified barbed wire; that's just the image that came to me - maybe from South Africa under Apartheid.


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    Re: swarm and surge

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And 1 is much better. They wouldn't be swarming around the beach, unless it was surrounded with barbed wire and they were looking in!
    b
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    I don't know why I specified barbed wire; that's just the image that came to me - maybe from South Africa under Apartheid.
    is it ok to say
    a lot of people were/was swarming along the beach

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    #5

    Re: swarm and surge

    A lot of people were swarming along the beach.

    Again I would encourage you to get this sort of answer from the website. Just type "a lot of people was" and then "a lot of people were" (with brackekts), then you will see that there are a lot more returns for WERE, than for WAS. Which indicates that WERE is the choice. Website is not a very "clean" database, but it works in most cases.


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    #6

    Re: swarm and surge

    thanks ian2

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