I'm having some issues with a sentence that is part of the purpose in a report that I'm writing. I'm not sure if the word "communicate" (in bold) should be singular or plural.

The applications in the "set" will communicate with each other, not with other "sets".

The purpose of this report is to develop a sample set of applications that communicates between services on the internet, mobile devices and a central processing unit in a motor vehicle.


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You have a set (of applications that communicate) not a set (of applications) that communicates, right?

  • Actually the applications communicate(s?) between themselves. So I guess it should be communicates?
    – span
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:46
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    @span okay, I'll bite: what's with the S in parentheses? If "the applications communicates" is even an option for you, you should be posting on English Language Learners instead. Also, if the applications actually communicate between themselves, you'll probably have to rewrite your original sentence to include that.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 16:52
  • @span, the point is that the applications communicate, not the set.
    – Kevin
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 19:58
  • Ok, thank you friends. I rewrote my sentence. Thank you for your efforts. Sorry I can't accept this as a correct answer as it seems to me that RegDwighт has a strong point.
    – span
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 23:16

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