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Grammar Glitch

Postby jmar2 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:00 am

Hi,
Been a while. Here's one for all you whack-a-rule grammarians. Singular/Plural subjects and the associated verb.

First off, I do accept and realize that the best solution is to rewrite and remove all ambiguity. But let's assume for some reason, I am a prima donna and the sentence stays.

Here are the designs and template. Here is the designs and template. or Here is the template and designs.

What is the correct grammatical rule?

Thanks from that little spot just behind my right ear.

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Re: Grammar Glitch

Postby u.v.ray » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:02 pm

Not the middle one. You could use either of the other two.
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Re: Grammar Glitch

Postby pls » Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:15 pm

The Ray is correct. But note that the two sentences mean different things.
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Re: Grammar Glitch

Postby Rosedarling » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:08 pm

The last one reads better.
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Re: Grammar Glitch

Postby shadowwalker » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:15 am

That first sentence seemed correct and sounded right to me; the second was obviously wrong, and the third seemed wrong to me. So I went to the Purdue Owl (my go-to grammar site), which says:

When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.



I would therefore use the first only. :)
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Re: Grammar Glitch

Postby Loren Killdeer » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:00 am

Hello there!

I'm a non english-speaker, but I'll talk about what I have been told when I was learning this language.

Here are the designs and template.
Design and template are two things, then you should use are! The first sentence is the one that sounds correct to me, so that would be the one I'd use.

I hope I'm not mistaken, and that I was helpful!
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