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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    seem or seems?

    In connection with the words in red in a following sentence,
    1) Which verb form shall be used, seem or seems?
    2) What is the grammartical function of "as"? It is a conjuction or relative pronoun?

    It is said that heart-related disease is m
    ore critical to women than cancer;almost twice the number of women seem to die of cardiovascular disease as of cancer in the near future.


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    #2

    Re: seem or seems?

    Welcome to the forums, Mynick.

    #1 You need to use "seem" = it is governed by "women" [plural]

    #2 It is a conjunction

  2. Newbie
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    Re: seem or seems?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Welcome to the forums, Mynick.

    #1 You need to use "seem" = it is governed by "women" [plural]

    #2 It is a conjunction
    Thank you for your reply, but the subject of the following sentence is not persons but the number and therefore, was shall be used not were.
    According to your explanation, however, the verb of the former sentence is governed by women not by the nubmer.
    I hardly see any difference between the two sentences.
    Could you explain it?

    The number of persons employed part time was increased.

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