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    adding 's' to verb

    Dear Teacher,

    Following a quote and my simple question:

    "Thoughtfully answering these or similar questions demonstrates maturity..."

    Question: they added 's' to the verb demonstrate, why? , as I see it 'questions' are plural so it should be verb without 's'.

    Please clarify yhis issue.

    Thanks!!!

    Rinot

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    Re: adding 's' to verb

    Quote Originally Posted by rinotg View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    Following a quote and my simple question:

    "Thoughtfully answering these or similar questions demonstrates maturity..."

    Question: they added 's' to the verb demonstrate, why? , as I see it 'questions' are plural so it should be verb without 's'.

    Please clarify yhis issue.

    Thanks!!!

    Rinot
    Thoughtfully answering demonstrates maturity.

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    Re: adding 's' to verb

    Quote Originally Posted by rinotg View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    Following a quote and my simple question:

    "Thoughtfully answering these or similar questions demonstrates maturity..."

    Question: they added 's' to the verb demonstrate, why? , as I see it 'questions' are plural so it should be verb without 's'.

    Please clarify yhis issue.

    Thanks!!!

    Rinot
    'questions' is plural, but it isn't the subject of 'demonstrates'.
    The questions don't demonstrate maturity; it is the thoughtful answering of them that does this.


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    Re: adding 's' to verb

    Dear Friends,

    it is not very clear and understood, that's why I write to the full quote:

    "prepare answers to questions such as :

    * in what kind of work environment do you feel most comfertable?
    *why have you chosen the career for which you prepared?
    *would you be willing to relocate?

    Thoughtfully answering these or similar questions demonstrates maturity..."

    I hope now u will be able to clarify why they added 's' to the verb

    Thanks!!!

    Rinot

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    Re: adding 's' to verb

    Quote Originally Posted by rinotg View Post
    Dear Friends,

    it is not very clear and understood, that's why I write to the full quote:

    "prepare answers to questions such as :

    * in what kind of work environment do you feel most comfertable?
    *why have you chosen the career for which you prepared?
    *would you be willing to relocate?

    Thoughtfully answering these or similar questions demonstrates maturity..."

    I hope now u will be able to clarify why they added 's' to the verb

    Thanks!!!

    Rinot
    The verb agrees in number with the subject of the sentence.
    The subject of the sentence is "answering"*. This is singular, so the verb must be singular.
    We do not use a plural verb simply because the word before the verb is plural. We use a plural verb if the subject of the sentence is plural.
    The subject of the sentence is not 'questions'.

    *Actually, the subject is "Thoughtful answering of the questions". This is still singular, and it might help you to think of the subject first as being "answering".

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    Re: adding 's' to verb

    Maybe you will understand better if I write the verb out:
    I demonstrate, you demonstrate, he, she or it demonstrates (good thing this isn't die hey Raymott?)

    demonstrates is the third person singular form of the verb demonstrate.

    I demonstrate my maturity. You demonstrate your maturity. He demonstrates his maturity. It demonstrates its maturity.
    Instead of 'It' you have (thoughtfully answering these questions). The s at the end of demonstrates indicates that the verb is in the 3rd Person singular form. As it does in most, not all, verbs.
    What demonstrates maturity? Thoughtfully answering these questions!
    I'm sure verbs inflect this way in Hebrew, to indicate who is acting.
    Last edited by Pedroski; 26-Jun-2009 at 01:25.

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