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    singular or plural?

    Editorials are different from fact-based texts in that the former carries (or carry ) attitude and opinions of the writer whereas the latter only presents (or present) facts.

    Editorials are plural. But if we use "former" to stand for "editorials", should we use "carries" or "carry"? Thanks.

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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    Editorials are different from fact-based texts in that the former carries (or carry ) attitude and opinions of the writer whereas the latter only presents (or present) facts.

    Editorials are plural. But if we use "former" to stand for "editorials", should we use "carries" or "carry"? Thanks.

    I would say: carries(editorial) and present(fact based texts)



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    Re: singular or plural?

    Disclaimer: I am not a teacher.
    Blouen, allow me to say otherwise.

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    Editorials are different from fact-based texts in that the former carry attitude and opinions of the writer whereas the latter only present facts.


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    Re: singular or plural?

    Editorials are different from fact-based texts in that the former carries (or carry ) attitude and opinions of the writer whereas the latter only presents (or present) facts.

    the former [group] = singular
    the latter [group] = singular

    I would go for "carry" and "present".


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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Editorials are different from fact-based texts in that the former carries (or carry ) attitude and opinions of the writer whereas the latter only presents (or present) facts.

    the former [group] = singular
    the latter [group] = singular

    I would go for "carry" and "present".
    Logically I would go for "carry" and "present" too. But the problem I have is that when we use "former" and "latter", we are talking about a choice between two, that is, is it A or B? You are tempted to treat "the former" as singular. So we are supposed to say:

    The Old Man and the Sea and The Tale of Two Cities are two books. The former is... and the latter is.... But
    The teachers and the students were very tired. The former were... and the latter were...? Thanks again.


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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    Editorials are different from fact-based texts in that the former carries (or carry ) attitude and opinions of the writer whereas the latter only presents (or present) facts.

    Editorials are plural. But if we use "former" to stand for "editorials", should we use "carries" or "carry"? Thanks.
    I am so sorry. I've had a long day today!

    Of course it should be carry and present.

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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    Editorials are different from fact-based texts in that the former carry attitudes and opinions of the writer whereas the latter present facts.
    "Editorials" is plural, and "fact-based texts" is plural.

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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    "Editorials" is plural, and "fact-based texts" is plural.

    ~R
    Yes!

    Sorry I was wrong up there, I see it's "editorials" but when I wrote it I typed "Editorial" only and based my answer there.

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    #9

    Re: singular or plural?

    I hate to disagree, but I'd write it so that the verbs agree with the subjects in the clauses they are in: the former carries and the latter presents.

    I have no reason to think that the plural forms are wrong, I just like the sound of it better this way. Sometimes, in English, that's good enough.

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    Mykwyner is right. The subjects are former and latter and the verbs should be carries and presents.


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