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    subject verb agreement

    Several tons of garbage (a. was b. were) picked up after the event.

    What is the answer to the above question? Why?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    What was burning? Garbage was burning. Several tons of garbage. Singular.

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    Date 2006 (20060220)
    Title BACK HOME IN NEW ORLEANS; ; A RETURN TO FAMILY, CRAWFISH AND CORN ON THE COB;
    Author Jason B. Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Source San Francisco Chronicle

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    which paid off the balance of her mortgage. She now has a part-time job preparing tax returns. # She may not get her old job back, at least anytime soon, because the hospital has not reopened. Many other parts of the city are all but shut down, including neighborhoods once heavily populated by African American residents. Some of them were trapped on rooftops and packed into the sweltering Superdome when the levees broke and water rushed into the bowl-shaped city. Many have not returned because their neighborhoods sustained the greatest damage. # Twenty-five million tons of garbage have yet to be cleaned up, one out of every four mortgages in Louisiana is delinquent, and thousands of residents have no electricity. # " Clearly, the city remains well behind what it was prior to Katrina, " said Matt Fellowes, an analyst with the Brookings Institution. " The federal government at the end of the day is the only game in town when it comes to rebuilding. The city is bankrupt and the state is bankrupt. And they've lost a huge portion of their

    Date 1998 (Nov)
    Publication information Nov98, Vol. 39 Issue 11, p6, 5p
    Title BioCycle World.
    Source BioCycle



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    Pennsylvania is the leading trash importer, increasing the amount it takes from other states by 60 percent since 1993. Last year, Pennsylvania accepted approximately 8.7 million tons of refuse from 31 other states and Canada (in addition to generating 13 million tons of its own trash). By contrast, the second closest state was Virginia at 2.7 million tons. # In 1989, Pennsylvania received 3.4 million tons of trash from Canada and New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Delaware -- the top four states exporting to Pennsylvania. By 1996, 7.5 million tons of garbage were imported from the same five and landfilled. The average cost to landfill in Pennsylvania is $44/ton. USING CRABSHELL RESIDUES INSTEAD OF METHYL BROMIDE TO CONTROL PATHOGENS # Disposal of crabshell residues from blue crab processing is a problem in Florida since most residues are shipped to landfills, where their high organic content causes environmental problems. At the same time, vegetable production in Florida is worth approximately $1.5 billion a year to the state's economy. Soil pathogens, however, can cause severe crop losses, so over


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    Re: subject verb agreement

    NYTimes.search:

    In 1861 the 'total yield of 86039.11 tons of coal was produced by 282473 men

    'yield' is the subject, with the singular 'was', not the plural 'tons'.

    ptetpe:

    Twenty-five million tons of garbage have yet to be cleaned up,...
    7.5 million tons of garbage were imported from the same five and landfilled.

    'tons' is used as a specific quantity, and being plural, takes a plural verb.
    Compare:
    Tons of garbage was left strewn all over the place.
    Here, 'tons' is being used similar to the expression 'a lot of/lots of' - 'a lot of garbage' - and is not the head noun in the subject, which is the singular 'garbage'; and so takes a singular verb.
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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Among the 10K+ examples, you will find lots syntaxes similar to that of the original sentence.

    "About 1.000 tons of coal was the entire supply in the Bronx last night,"
    "Twenty tons of coal was reserved to steam up to after land was sighted,"
    "In 1937 thirteen and one-half tons of concentrate was produced,'
    "He estimated that approximately 300000 tons of material was being moved,"
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