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verb agreement

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:02 pm
by navi
Which are correct:


1) A great number of accidents indicate that there is something wrong with the policies adopted by urban authorities.
2) A great number of accidents indicates that there is something wrong with the policies adopted by urban authorities.

3) In a city like ours, thousands of accidents indicate that there is something wrong with the policies adopted by urban authorities.

4) In a city like ours, thousands of accidents indicates that there is something wrong with the policies adopted by urban authorities.

5) Thousands of accidents would indicate that there is something wrong with the policies adopted by urban authorities.



The idea in every case is that: 'The occurrence of.... indicates that there is something wrong with the policies adopted by urban authorities.

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: verb agreement

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:16 pm
by Bobinwales
I would say that all of them are correct.

Re: verb agreement

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:56 pm
by Phil White
Number 4 grates a little on my ears, and I would change it if proofing a text, but the others are fine.

Have a look at the several discussions on this board about "synesis" or "constructio ad sensum". One thing that we did establish is that we in the UK use constructions in which the verb does not agree in number with the subject far more readily than our colonial cousins in the US. (Example: "The team are playing well today".)