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    Subject and Verb Separated

    Can someone explain why the subject in the below sentence is generation and not copy machines?

    A new generation of sophisticated copy machines capable of unprecedented detail and accuracy, is/are prompting the development of more complex currency design to prevent counterfeiting.

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    Re: Subject and Verb Separated

    The subject of the sentence is a noun phrase-- the noun "generation" plus the prepositional phrase "of sophisticated copy machines." In a noun phrase, the verb goes with the main noun (as opposed to the noun in the prepositional phrase), so "a generation of machines is capable..."

    Another example: A group of small children was playing baseball in the street. In this example, "group" is the noun, while "of small children" is the prepositional phrase modifying the noun.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nxl View Post
    Can someone explain why the subject in the below sentence is generation and not copy machines?

    A new generation of sophisticated copy machines capable of unprecedented detail and accuracy, is/are prompting the development of more complex currency design to prevent counterfeiting.

    Thanks.
    "A new generation of sophisticated copy machines capable of unprecedented detail and accuracy", these group of words as a whole constitute a noun phrase functioning as subject of the verb "is/are prompting"
    Note: A noun phrase is either a single noun or pronoun or a group of words containing a noun or a pronoun that function together, as the subject or object of a verb.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 09-Feb-2009 at 09:08.

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