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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

    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.
    What is prompting the development...? -->
    --> S = A new generation of sophisticated copy machines capable of unprecedented detail and accuracy

    You should definitely remove the comma after accuracy.
    Never place a comma between the subject and the predicate.
    The "core" of the subject is generation, a collective noun.

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