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Post by Quoc » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:03 pm

Which sentence is correct? Why?

1. But we are well aware that bilateral relations between the 2 countries has thrived dramatically over the past 30 years.

2. But we are well aware that bilateral relations between the 2 countries have thrived dramatically over the past 30 years.

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Post by gdwdwrkr » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:20 pm

2. Relations is plural.
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Post by dalehileman » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:48 pm

Quoc: However, there is a convention, or style if you like, that permits its use as singular. No doubt one of the other guys can elaborate

Poor fellow, I am amazed by your persistence and diligence in learning one of the world's most difficult languages
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:08 pm

I agree. If you can manage to think of bilateral relations as a singularity, and are consistent in referring to it as such, the singular can be correct.

English is the easiest (if the only) language I have learned. I guess that makes it the most difficult, too!
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Post by hsargent » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:57 pm

I don't think you will find an English teacher that wouldn't use the plural which requires have.

I've never heard of a convention which allows using a plural as a singular.
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Post by russcable » Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:05 pm

An example from m-w.com:
Main Entry: math·e·mat·ics
Pronunciation: "math-'ma-tiks, "ma-th&-
Function: noun plural but usually singular in construction
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