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    Is the following sentence correct?

    Such a global world and economy necessitates regulation on a worldwide level.

    or should it be:

    Such a global world and economy necessitate regulation on a worldwide level. (thus without the 's' in necessitates??)

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    It really depends on whether you see the world and economy as a linked entity,in which case you could use the singular, or two separate things. I'd probably use the singular as they are intertwined in this context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carter
    Is the following sentence correct?

    Such a global world and economy necessitates regulation on a worldwide level.

    or should it be:

    Such a global world and economy necessitate regulation on a worldwide level. (thus without the 's' in necessitates??)

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    I agree with TDOL. In certain cases, a compound subject can be viewed as a single entity. It would not be wrong to use the plural verb here, however. :wink:

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    I agree that both would be right; I was just indicating a preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I agree that both would be right; I was just indicating a preference.
    Yes, and I agreed with your preference. :D

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    Re: mass nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by carter
    Is the following sentence correct?

    Such a global world and economy necessitates regulation on a worldwide level.

    or should it be:

    Such a global world and economy necessitate regulation on a worldwide level. (thus without the 's' in necessitates??)

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    Say global economy or world economy, and pare the unnecessary words.

    :)

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    Good idea. How about 'globalised' to get the idea of the change?

    (PS- Nice Easter, Ron? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Good idea. How about 'globalised' to get the idea of the change?

    (PS- Nice Easter, Ron? )
    I don't think I would use globalised except possibly as a verb. I do think global economy is preferable to world economy. (It is, at any rate, used more often, I think.)

    (Easter was okay. I stayed home and my wife went to church. That reminds me of something. I bought a chocolate bunny a while back and now I am wondering what happened to it. :wink:

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    In BE, we used 'globalised' as an adjective.

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