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    singular or plural ?

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to express your opinion concerning the following sentences?


    Her family has disgraced itself.
    It was eleven o’clock before the family were all in bed.

    This company demands that the tenants agree to pay an extra 14 s. a week.


    Other company were there: two playing cards, two playing dominoes, three standing by the counter…

    Parliament always was a talking shop.

    Parliament are bound to do something about it…

    The United States has been supplying about one-third of japan’s imports but buying from

    Japan only one-third as much as she sells to Japan.
    Twenty years is a long time” muttered Soams.

    Five cents is
    still due me.

    “Guliver’s Travels” was
    written by Swift.

    “The Times” was
    full of deaths therefrom.

    “Canterbury Tales” were
    written by Chaucer.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,


    V


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    Re: singular or plural ?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to express your opinion concerning the following sentences?


    Her family has disgraced itself.
    It was eleven o’clock before the family were all in bed. The first is the collective noun, the second is regarding the family as a group of individuals.

    This company demands that the tenants agree to pay an extra 14 s. a week. A company is always a singular entity.


    Other company were there: two playing cards, two playing dominoes, three standing by the counter… This is referring to a social gathering, where company refers to a number of individuals.

    Parliament always was a talking shop.

    Parliament are bound to do something about it…Incorrect - Parliament is a debating forum; the Government are bound to do something about it.

    The United States has been supplying about one-third of Japan’s imports but buying from Japan only one-third as much as she sells to Japan.

    Twenty years is
    a long time,” muttered Soams. "A long time" is governing the verb.

    Five cents is
    still due me. Colloquial and common usage.

    “Gulliver’s Travels” was
    written by Swift. Title of a book = singular.

    “The Times” was
    full of deaths therefrom. Title of a newspaper = singular

    The Canterbury Tales” were
    written by Chaucer. It is a collection of stories gathered together. It could equally well be "was", if the book as a whole is meant.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,


    V
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