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Autor:  Márcio Farias
E-mail:  marcio_osorio@oi.com.br
Data:  05/JUL/2007 11:29 PM
Assunto:  Verbo
 
Mensagem: 

"Are..." because two subjects (the cost of living and inflation) call for a verb plural. Here we have a subject-verb agreement. The subject necessarily has to agree with the verb and vice versa.

Now, why the first subject took a the and the second one didn't? Because native English-speaking grammarians have long ruled or referred to inflation as an uncountable noun. As seen from your example, inflation appears just as uncountably referred to as liquid petrol gas does.

For easy of reading and for clarity purposes, newspaper headlines often drop articles.

SQUAD HELPS DOG BITE VICTIM

Not "SQUAD HELPS THE DOG BITE..."

DRUNK GETS NINE MONTHS IN VIOLIN CASE

Not "... IN THE VIOLIN CASE"

No matter what I say, your example reads plural. E estamos conversados.




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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Verbo  –  fabana  05/JUL/2007, 10:34 PM
 Verbo  –  Márcio Farias  05/JUL/2007, 11:29 PM
Verbo  –  Márcio Farias  05/JUL/2007, 11:35 PM
Verbo  –  Johannes  06/JUL/2007, 7:43 AM

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