Zewei Liu/ 刘则玮
Is this contradictory? "The main issue is that there will obviously be more people of retirement age who will be eligible to receive a pension." Are 'more people'(plural form) and 'a pension'(singular form) contradictory with each other?
Nov 2, 2017 11:09 AM
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Hello, This is one of those grey areas of English where the intention of the speaker plays as much a part as grammar rules! It is possible to say that these people collectively are entitled to receive pensions OR these people individually are entitled to receive a pension. This is similar to the idea that a team may be seen as a single entity or a group of individuals. Hope this helps Bob
November 2, 2017
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Zewei Liu/ 刘则玮
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese
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English, Japanese