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comment “Varies” or “vary” in this sentence
its not an NP, it's a VP or CP. [[the [types of lights]] (that) [people use]]. If you use the NP (as in my second example) you can see it takes the plural verb form, because in that example the head is 'types'. I think this may be an example of phrasal raising, because the object of the verb 'use' is clearly 'the types of lights'. Or it may be a bit like a gerund (c.f. 'people's use of lights varies' which I think is right over 'vary'). So by analogy with the gerund I think people would use 'varies', but by analogy with the NP they would use vary. Looking at it again I'd say it's ambiguous.
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answered “Varies” or “vary” in this sentence
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answered Does the adjective “swell” have anything to do with the noun/verb “swell”?
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answered Word meaning 'someone who has received a lot'