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    #1

    Correct...

    Hi,

    Please correct the errors if any...

    1.He was especially caught by beauty of roses.

    2. These class are made up of boys only.

    3. The Americans are peace-loving people.

    Besr regards...

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    #2

    Re: Correct...

    Is this homework?

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    Re: Correct...

    1. at least 'THE beauty' and usually 'THE roses' too (depending on context)
    2. 'These . . . are' does not agree with 'class', either 'These classES are' or 'THIS class IS'


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    Thanks....

    Thanks...

    An additional questios....

    1. Class is a collective noun. So I think "this class are made ~~." is possible when we focus the members of the class. Am I wrong?

    2. If "people" has the meaning of "nation", can we put "a" in front of "people"?


    Best regard...

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    Re: Thanks....

    (1) 'Plural forms are common when the group is considered as a collection of people doing personal things like deciding, hoping or wanting. Singular forms are more common when the group is seen as an impersonal unit.'

    Unfortunately, classes can seldom operate as collections of individuals, but are usually directed as a unit by the teacher, so 'class' with a plural verb will in most cases sound awkward or wrong-- as in your example, 'this class are made ~', for which I can imagine no reasonable predicate object or complement. Other sentences are possible, such as 'the class are arguing about a leader', 'my class all hate me'.

    (2) 'A people' certainly occurs, but more often as a designation for an ethnic group than as a political nation.

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