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Plural nouns 1. The economics behind their policies are unreasonable. Can I rephrase it as "The economy behind their polices are unreasonable"? Usually, "data" and "media" take the singular verb, but in academic writing, the plural verb is preferred. True? 2. The forty pounds she gave me was soon spent. Is there any chance one could say "The forty pounds she gave me were..."? I guess there isn't, just want to confirm.*The economy behind their polices IS unreasonable
18 فبراير 2011 03:42
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"Economics" is not the same as "economy." Economics is a field of study, or theories about how money works in society. "Economy" refers to the whole system of finance in a city, region, country, etc. It is also an adjective meaning "smaller & less expensive" (e.g., "economy size" or "economy car"). Therefore, an "economy" cannot be unreasonable, only "economics" can be unreasonable.
18 فبراير 2011
1. You are almost correct. The economy behind their policies is unreasonable. (Economy is singular). (Edit, I see you added your additional details as I was editing my answer. It is correct as you put it in your additional details. You can rephrase it that way.) Data and Media: No. These will take singular verbs in technical writing. (I can give you published examples if you would like.) Edit: After I wrote this, I started thinking about it more since data is plural for "datum" but the meaning has changed and we usually say "data point" instead of "datum" these days. So there is more to this one than I answered. When I look again, the standard I write to specifies data as singular. However; Wikipedia discusses this and shows that it can be both. Look at the "Usage in English" section here where it discusses both the singluar and plural usage of "data." Media has a very similar situation. In the standards and style rules that I have to write to these days, it will be used with a singluar verb, but it looks like it can be singular or plural. As an example, consecutive sentences in this Wikipedia article use the plural verb the first time, and the singular verb the second: 2. The first one (was) may be spoken sometimes, but "were" is actually gramatically correct.
18 فبراير 2011
I read "economics" as a condensed version of "economic principles" (no-one found it strange that an adjective - economic - somehow became pluralised?). I agree with Brad, "economy" is the bigger picture, how it works and exists as an entity. So I wouldn't swap them over so easily... the sentences seem to have different meanings, in fact. As for the £40, you can either see it as a single unit, a sum total, and use "is", or see each pound individually and use "are". Most people would read it as a single unit: "Here's forty pounds for you."
18 فبراير 2011
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