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    trapanipalermo is offline Junior Member
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    singular or plural verb?

    Hi guys,
    could you please tell me which sentence is correct?

    their mass density is 0.675, 0.660 and 0.670 g/cm3, respectively

    or
    their mass densities are 0.675, 0.660 and 0.670 g/cm3, respectively

    thanks a lot
    Patrizio

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    Re: singular or plural verb?

    their mass densities are 0.675, 0.660 and 0.670 g/cm3 respectively

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    Re: singular or plural verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by trapanipalermo View Post
    Hi guys,
    could you please tell me which sentence is correct?

    their mass density is 0.675, 0.660 and 0.670 g/cm3, respectively

    or
    their mass densities are 0.675, 0.660 and 0.670 g/cm3, respectively

    thanks a lot
    Patrizio
    The values of X, Y and Z were found to be ..., .... and ....., respectively.

    I think, you've got to name all of them (like the mass density of X, Y and Z) to be able to finsish the sentence with "respectively"

    This is my suggestion but see what others say
    Last edited by banderas; 25-Mar-2008 at 14:43.

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    Re: singular or plural verb?

    It is taken for granted that X,Y,and Z have been defined in the preceding sentence, by the use of the impersonal pronoun "their', which refers back to them.

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