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    is or are?

    Votebank politics is the practice of creating and maintaining votebanks through divisive policies.

    I do not understand the use of the singular "is" after the plural noun politics.

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    Re: is or are?

    Is it "politics" or "policies"?

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    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Is it "politics" or "policies"?
    politics.
    But any way what is the correct form of the verb in both cases?

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    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    politics.
    But any way what is the correct form of the verb in both cases?
    'Politics' is singular in this case. It's the same as statistics, polemics ...
    It refers to a single topic or subject.
    Politics is a difficult subject. Politics is a dirty business.
    BUT: His politics are somewhat to the right of Thatcher's.
    Statistics is also a difficult subject.
    BUT: His statistics are: Height 170cm Weight: 80kg.

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    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Politics' is singular in this case. It's the same as statistics, polemics ...
    It refers to a single topic or subject.
    Politics is a difficult subject. Politics is a dirty business.
    BUT: His politics are somewhat to the right of Thatcher's.
    Statistics is also a difficult subject.
    BUT: His statistics are: Height 170cm Weight: 80kg.
    Thank you for your useful answer.
    Can this be applied on the word "ethics"?
    Ethics is.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you for your useful answer.
    Can this be applied on to the word "ethics"?
    Ethics is.......
    Yes.
    Ethics is a branch of philosophy. (singular)
    His ethics leave something to be desired. (plural).

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    is or are?

    Ethics of/ in Egypt is different from ethics of /in England.

    I do not know what the preposition I should use.
    Should I put "the" before "ethics"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    is or are?

    Ethics of/ in Egypt is different from ethics of /in England.

    I do not know what the preposition I should use.
    Should I put "the" before "ethics"?
    The ethics of Egyptians are different from the ethics of English people.
    (The) Ethics in Egypt are different from (the) ethics in England. Optional "the" here.*
    Ethics as moral philosophy is the same subject in Egypt as in England.
    He has the ethics of a single-celled organism.
    Are your professional ethics any different from mine?

    * Similar to:
    The manners/customs in Egypt are different from those in England.
    Manners/Customs
    in Egypt are different from those in England.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The ethics of Egyptians are different from the ethics of English people.
    Ethics as moral philosophy is the same subject in Egypt as in England.
    He has the ethics of a single-celled organism.
    Are your professional ethics any different from mine?
    I just wrote it merely as an example.
    I did not think of its credibility.
    Thank you for answering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    I just wrote it merely as an example.
    I did not think of its credibility.
    Thank you for answering.
    I edited after you previous post. Please re-read.

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