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    moves / move

    Hi,

    If I change ‘the moves’ to ‘the move’ in the following text, would the meaning of the concerned sentence change materially?

    The spectre of inflation returned to haunt the global economy on Tuesday as companies ranging from Dow Chemical of the US to South Korea's Posco unveiled sharp price rises to combat the soaring cost of energy and raw materials. The moves by Dow, the biggest chemical group in the US, and Posco, the world's fourth largest steelmaker, came as Charles Holliday, chief executive of the chemical giant DuPont, warned of rising inflationary pressures in the corporate sector.

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    MG.


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    Re: moves / move

    As there are two companies who are doing something, you need "moves".

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    Re: moves / move

    Anglika,

    Thanks. However, I am confused now.

    In the answer to one my subject-verb agreement questions here, it was told that one can use a signular noun if it applies to mutiple objects. I am referring to Angiholic's reply (#5) in the following message .

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...agreement.html

    Also look at the following sentence I read on the net, which uses 'move' instead of 'moves.


    A major trend in customer service is the move by companies to encourage customers to be involved in helping solve their own service issues.

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