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    'dice is' or 'dice are'?

    I stumbled at a sentence in a grammar exercise on subject-predicate agreement. Here it is:

    ' Dice tell/tells us interesting things.'

    I fail to get the meaning of the sentence and therefore can't decide on the verb form. Any ideas?

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    Re: 'dice is' or 'dice are'?

    Hi Clark

    dice is plural (2 or more)
    die is singular (1)

    Note, however, that these days the singular form die is falling by the wayside. Some (most?) speakers are using dice for both singular and plural.

    There's more about there here: separated by a common language: die and dice



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    Re: 'dice is' or 'dice are'?

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    Hi Clark

    dice is plural (2 or more)
    die is singular (1)

    Note, however, that these days the singular form die is falling by the wayside. Some (most?) speakers are using dice for both singular and plural.

    There's more about there here: separated by a common language: die and dice


    Thank you very much, Soup. Lot's of interesting information there. Do you think 'dice' is undergoing the same transformation as 'data'?
    Though dice consist of two or more pieces of wood, each piece taken separately hardly has any practical use. They are normally used together. This may be the reason for the form 'die' getting out of use.
    About my original sentence. I've just found out that dice are used by fortune-tellers. Now I understand how 'Dice tell us interesting things'.

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    Re: 'dice is' or 'dice are'?

    Hi Clark

    I agree with you.


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