if only a sufficiently large number

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Every party can come into power, if only a sufficiently large number of people supports it.
 

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This sentence reads natural to me. But i think " a large number of people" means more than one people, so the following verb should be "support".
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You could simplify it by using simply "enough" instead of "a sufficiently large number of". You would then use "people support it".
 

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This sentence [STRIKE]reads[/STRIKE] seems/sounds natural to me (no full stop here) but I think "a large number of people" means more than one [STRIKE]people[/STRIKE] person, so the following verb should be "support".

(I am a student, not a teacher.)

Note my corrections above.
 

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Every party can come into power, if only a sufficiently large number of people supports it.
I'd say

'Any party can come into power if a majority of people vote for it'. 'Supporting' a party is not the same as voting for it.

'Every party can't come into power—not at the same time, anyway.
 

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In American English, "supports" would be right, and "support" would be wrong. We usually treat groups as singular nouns: the army is, Parliament is, U2 is.
 

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This American would write if a sufficiently large number of people support it.
 
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