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    #1

    Is this sentence right?

    There was a bunch of kids waiting and zillions of reporters. Are we allowed to use singular be with a bunch and add s after zillion?


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    #2

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Yes. The full mouthful otherwise is:
    There was a bunch of kids waiting and there were zillions of reporters.
    And whose going to say all that just so that perfect grammar is preserved and observed!!


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    #3

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Nah.... David L... I wonder if zillons is right here because I only hear people say: A million dollars etc. but no s, this is new to me!
    And, if we can use a bunch with a singular be can we use a lot of with a singular be in formal speech, too?
    btw, is my original sentence formal or not? And can we use it in writing, esp formal ones?


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    #4

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    A million dollars
    millions of reporters
    a zillion dollars
    zillions of reporters


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    #5

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    very informal
    'bunch', 'lot of', 'kids' and the expression 'zillions of reporters' are all very informal.


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    #6

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    And, if we can use a bunch with a singular be can we use a lot of with a singular be in formal speech, too?

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    #7

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    I am completely confused by this... I am not English by the way, so maybe I have not understood correctly?

    Should it not read: There were a bunch of kids...

    I have been taught that was is not correct in this situation, but, I posted a question about something similar (similar to my mind anyway) the other week.

    My question regarded the use of is and are:

    (a) A large range of books is available
    (b) A large range of books are available

    I would use (b) when speaking or writing, as it sounds correct to me; (a)just doesn't seem to flow when read out loud.

    It sounds odd to me, but evidently it is (a) that is correct...

    I still haven't found anyone who can come up with a simple answer as to how this is worked out. When I say simple, I mean simple enough for a child of 6 to understand.


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    #8

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Perhaps b/c it's informal, zoltari

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