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"Many people think ants are a pest." Could anybody please explain why the usage of the indefinite article is correct in this sentence? Thanks.
 

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They are one of a group of insects commonly referred to as pests. It could just as easily have said "Many people think ants are pests".
 

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Could you give some other examples including this structure (plural noun + plural verb + a + singular noun?)
 

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Some people think spiders are a pain in the neck.
Many people think that traffic wardens are a nightmare to deal with.
Very few people think film directors are a marvel.
 

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Some people think spiders are a pain in the neck.
Many people think that traffic wardens are a nightmare to deal with.
Very few people think film directors are a marvel.

Hi ems

I am wondering if it is correct to say "Very few people think film directors are marvels."? Why do we use " a marvel" after "film directors are"?

Thanks.
 
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