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    Plural or singular

    Dear Expert,

    Would you please advise me which sentence is correct: -

    1. The works is completed. or

    2. The works are completed.

    Many thanks,

    Jam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jam88 View Post
    Dear Expert,

    Would you please advise me which sentence is correct: -

    1. The works is completed. or

    2. The works are completed.

    Many thanks,

    Jam
    If 'work" is used as noun , it is both count and uncountable having singular and plural form. But in plural form it has a different meaning: a creation, an artistic work: The museum is showing the works of great artists.Here it means activity which should be treated as noncout and only singular form should be used. hence the correct one is: The work is completed.

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    Re: Plural or singular

    Quote Originally Posted by Jam88 View Post
    Dear Expert,

    Would you please advise me which sentence is correct: -

    1. The works is completed. or

    2. The works are completed.

    Many thanks,

    Jam
    Excuse me for stealing the limelight of our wonderful English experts here.
    Well, I tell you what.
    If you mean "job" for the "work", it is uncountable without "s".
    Whereas, if you mean the following meanings, as quoted from Longman Dict., then it is an uncountable plural noun.
    Works: activities involved in building or repairing things such as roads, bridges etc
    engineering works/irrigation works/roadworks the official in charge of the engineering works
    ᅳsee also public works
    b) a building or group of buildings in which goods are produced in large quantities or an industrial process happens
    ironworks/gasworks/cement works The brick works closed last year.

    However, mind you, it is countable in the following sense.
    ▶BOOK/PAINTING/MUSIC◀
    [countable] something such as a painting, play, piece of music etc that is produced by a painter, writer, or musician
    the Collected Works of Shakespeare It is another accomplished work by the artist.
    ᅳsee also work of art

    Therefore, the answer is:...Please do it yourself. Hee, hee.

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