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I am answering the OP's edited note : 'how to figure out the correct grammatical number to use'. I suggest : Scores below 40 earn a "study hard" comment. The number (or even gender) of the students is actually irrelevant to the necessary grammar. There is no need for the possessive pronoun - or any pronouns at all. And it fits for a single student, ...


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Note that ‘score’ is originally from incising a mark - literally scoring a mark in the side of a tree, in order to count. One score is one mark. Multiple scores are multiple marks. A ‘score’ is thus a singular item – for example, the total that a student gets in response to one test. Scores–the plural–is a collection of results, either within one test, or ...


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They get study hard if their SCORE (instead of SCORES) is below 40, right? After reading this I would say to you, study hard Take a step back; how would you describe giving a numerical mark? You state in your opening article I would give him a score of 40. For a numerical mark your description is score of 40 Therefore for "The Comment" your description ...


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