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comment “increase”, singular or plural?
That the sentence is poorly (ambiguously!) composed does not preclude the necessity to refer to the affecting factors in the plural.
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comment “increase”, singular or plural?
@regdwight: "the tools require intensity data [...] along with possible file conversion...". Two factors. Each of these two factors can increase the execution time, individually or (more probably) severally. Plural is valid usage here.
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comment History of “asylum seeker” versus “refugee”
Crosstalk - I edited my comment as you posted yours! I suspect political speeches for a country's leader around times of mass immigration might prove interesting...
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comment History of “asylum seeker” versus “refugee”
I agree, its meaning has been changed through context. This is what I was referring to in the second paragraph. :) Though I have no hard evidence to back up the following statement, it's my belief that its pejorative meaning has been encouraged by right-wing groups and those who have tried to associate an influx of foreign nationals with societal issues. Never mind the fact being an asylum seeker in most Western countries is a grim existence in what closely resembles limbo.
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answered History of “asylum seeker” versus “refugee”
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answered “Went and got” — is it grammatically correct?
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comment “increase”, singular or plural?
I agree that the OP should have used 'that' in place of which - however I have been proved wrong about the provenance of which/that in singular/plural usage, it seems that our modern rules concerning their usage haven't always been so. Anyway, I read the list of affecting factors to the process and inferred the plural irrespective of 'which'.
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comment “increase”, singular or plural?
But the external software isn't solely increasing the execution time, the unknown duration of a possibly required file conversion is also contributing. Whilst the software may also handle the conversion, they are multiple actions affecting the execution time.
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comment “increase”, singular or plural?
Ignoring that 'data' is the plural of the singular datum, I concur that the moment you have multiple affecting factors they increase the execution time. 'They increases the execution time' sounds (and is) wrong.
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comment Conjugation of “smite” - unsure of all forms
An interesting answer, thanks -- I enclosed the (optional) "d"s in parantheses as I wasn't sure whether you'd say "smoted" or "smote".
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comment Conjugation of “smite” - unsure of all forms
That inspires a little confidence. So its form is that of a standard past participle sentence, it's not technically a more complex form?
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answered Use of Parentheses
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asked Conjugation of “smite” - unsure of all forms
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comment Do we ask a waiter if we could have or get?
Haha! And remember, there's always the cane...
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answered Do we ask a waiter if we could have or get?