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Which of the following two sentences is the correct one?

(1) All previous work is in the file.

(2) All previous work are in the file.

Google search turned up documents using both forms, but the "is" form was most prevalent.

Thanks.

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The first sentence is correct:

All previous work is in the file.

"Work" is an uncountable noun when used with this meaning, and thus should be treated as singular, meaning "is" is the correct verb here.

  • Put more simply, work is singular number; works is plural number. Verbs agree with their subjects in number. – John Lawler Apr 29 '14 at 3:01

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