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It's certainly not standard to use phrases like "we are hypocrites" to mean "I (royalty) am a hypocrite". Quite simply, in English (as well as in French), the "honorific" type of "plural" pronouns do not automatically trigger plural reference for all other references to the person. There is really no such thing as true "agreement" of a lexical noun with ...


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The singular word "man" is used to agree with the determiner "a." Learner's dictionary provides the following explanation for why an author might use "many" instead of "many a": The fixed expression many a/an... is more formal than the single word many, and it is much less common. Many a/an... is used mainly in literary writing and newspapers. Like ...


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To gauge the relative popularity of "these sort of things" in historical usage, I ran Elephind newspaper database searches for that phrase and for fifteen related expressions, representing various permutations of this/these, sort/sorts, and thing/things across the period 1800–2017. Interruption: An important note on Elephind searches Before ...


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There is absolutely nothing wrong with the original sentence. There would also be absolutely nothing wrong with this alternative, which is probably what the examiners wanted: John was one of the astronomers who devoted all his time to science. As FumbleFingers pointed out, this is partly because some (archaically) believe that 'he' is the only suitable ...


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It is grammatical. John was one of several astronomers who devoted all their time to Science. "their" refers to "several astronomers" and John was just one of them. "Mary Ann is one of the girls who are going to run the marathon." "


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Both 'this sort of thing is... ' and 'these sorts of things are...' in use, the latter being less common and informal. From Michael Swan's Practical English Usage: Also ... from The New Fowler's Modern English Usage [with minor adjustments]: (2) these/those sort of: From C16 onward, sort has been used collectively, preceded (illogically) be these or those. ...


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Yet another instance of the GMAT making up the rules of grammar as it goes along, without any reference to what actually happens in the language... Never mind. The idea is that those somehow stands in for the antecedent word company. It is assumed, therefore, that in order to be grammatical, it must be the same in grammatical number as the antecedent. The ...


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A monarch who uses 'We' is asserting that they are indivisible from the state over which they govern. The plural form implies that the monarch's will is the will of all the people. The grammar should be the same as you would use when describing the state.


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Use one's to be consistent. There is nothing like an animal attack video to remind one of one's mortality. Carl Mason Franklin, To Carolyn with love, 1998, p.284: In telling the Trustees of my affection for WSU, I made the point that one should never forget one's roots.


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Switching the example to illustrate: The suspect, just like his two younger siblings, became a notorious gangster. Here, it is more obvious that the complement should be singular like the subject, and that the parenthesis, which gives additional information rather than changing the subject, shouldn't affect concord. The suspect and his two younger ...


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You can use "it". It was a wolf that killed him. It was wolves that killed him. both of these work, to give you an example.


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I'm astonished to see that as I write, the only response is 4 users (one commenter and 3 upvoters) claiming our listeners is singular, and another comment effectively endorsing the singular usage by converting the noun phrase to a group/collection of our listeners. I can only assume this sort of nonsense somehow arises from the AmE tendency to treat ...


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"Our listeners are what make our podcast possible" is grammatical. (But it took a little while for me to figure that out; thank you to everyone else who left comments and answers!) Like you, I felt uncomfortable with it after you brought it up, and I'll discuss the reasons for that below, but they are based on semantics rather than purely on the grammatical ...


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The subject "thing" is singular, and so "is" is correct. It is grammatical. The number of the predicate is not relevant. For example: Our team is 20 players. (in American English) The problem is Tom, Dick, and Harry.


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You are indeed correct. Formally, "data" is a collective noun, being the plural form of the Latin "datum". Thus, a grammarian would prefer "These data are...". In popular usage, the word's Latin origins are being forgotten, and it is far more common these days for English speakers to treat "data" as a singular noun. For most users, "This data is..." would ...


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did is the past tense of do. If you say "They would say that they do" then this is the present tense which matches "feel" in the question and implies that the dissatisfaction is ongoing. If you say "They would say that they did" then this is the past tense which does not match and it implies that they were dissatisfied in the past, which is in conflict ...


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Google Ngram has no hits for those box of tissues, but it does have hits for that box of tissues. While this is not definitive, it suggests that this is a personal ideosyncracy of your wife's.


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The whole issue has been debated here before; I am only posting an answer because Bossinique's answer is unsubstantiated and very misleading, and Carolyn's unsubstantiated and somewhat misleading. In the Types of things vs. types of thing thread (Types of things vs. types of thing), there is a more reasoned discussion than the above; the bottom line (in ...


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Assuming you're specifically interested in talking about television, (as opposed to whether one uses plural or singular nouns after "two kinds of" in general), it depends on context. "Two kinds of televisions" would refer to different kinds of television sets, as in "We have two kinds of televisions: color and black-and-white." "Two kinds of television" ...


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Story of Mark can only mean the (one and only, whole) of Mark's story. Naturally, the definite article goes with it. D - I want to tell you the story of Mark. On the other hand, Story about Mark could be one of many such, (though not necessarily). Accordingly, one could construe of it as a story. A - I want to tell you a story about Mark. The ...


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It's Paula Poundstone seems to me to simply be the answer to an (unspoken but presupposed) question Q: Who is it? A: It's Paula. A question like Who is this person? is taken as a given in any formal introduction. And this is the introduction of a number of speakers on stage before a performance. There are special conventions for this context, as ...


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"She'll be performing Friday at the Comedy Club, it's Paula Poundstone." In your context, the expression "it's Paula Poundstone" can be considered to be a truncated it-cleft. This usage is acceptable and has been for a long time. It is part of today's standard English. The it-cleft's relative clause has been omitted, because its info is redundant and ...


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I've always understood this as indicating the state/situation of that person being present. "She's Paula Pountstone" means "That person(she) is Paula Poundstone." "It's Paula Poundstone." means "The situation(it) is that Paula Poundstone is here."


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It is definitely ungrammatical to say "*The management has never and will never closed the door to negotiations." The auxiliary "will" cannot be followed by a past participle; it has to be followed by an infinitive. It is grammatical to use both forms explicitly, as in "has never closed and will never close." A Google Books search reveals that people do ...


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The 'rule' is that you go left until you find the first antecedent that works. In your example that would be stars. This is not particularly intuitive. The type of pronoun limits its antecedents. A personal pronoun, for example, must refer to a person, so in a sentence like "Mary went to the shop she had noticed the day before", 'she' cannot refer to the ...


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Makes is the correct form of the verb, because the subject of the clause is which and the word which refers back to the act of dominating, not to France, Spain, or Austria. The sentence can be rewritten as: The domination throughout history by France, Spain, and Austria alternately over Milan makes it a city full of different cultural influences.


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You seem to have a handle on the grammatical differences. In terms of word-choice motivation, it's used as a subtle way of distancing oneself from what follows ("I would agree that ...") through use of distancing language. The "would" could also just be added out of a habit, or when one is trying to sound as if speaking at a higher register of language, ...


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Behalves was historically used as the plural of behalf. It is sometimes also spelled behalfs. While it is not commonly used today, you can occasionally still find the rare usage here and there. Here is the entry on wiktionary But if you look at the ngram viewer graph, you can see both versions had a sporadic usage and were never truly that popular. Here ...


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All who believe is not a sentence; it's a noun phrase. Taking a sentence starting with all who believe we get All who believe are believers. The correct verb form is believe. Who is not bound to third person singular verb form. The people who believe are believers. Who takes the verb form of the subject the people. Neighbors who insist on ...


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