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Autor:  mick rob
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Data:  31/OUT/2003 7:12 AM
Assunto:  Re: Dúvidas!
 
Mensagem:  I agree that whether you use singular or plural verb with a collective noun depends on the context and whether the entity is perceived/referred to as one entity or a group of individuals – no doubt editors and govt depts. would have standard practices regarding which form to use (and that these differ)

Interesting point with the verb be

It certainly wins the ‘verb-with-most-forms’ prize in English.

As with in many languages other than English, this verb is a special case – in a class of its own – with its own unique forms and uses

The other verbs, auxiliaries aside, are used to refer to actions or states – the lexical verbs and have far fewer forms

Interesting to note the lack of a future form of be – with auxiliaries, context, and adverbs to the rescue

and the “past form” use in phrases such as “If I were you” or “extra-polite” expressions etc with a present/future meaning.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Dúvidas!  –  Regina  30/OUT/2003, 1:08 PM
Re: Dúvidas!  –  Wagner  30/OUT/2003, 1:34 PM
Re: Dúvidas!  –  José Roberto  30/OUT/2003, 3:05 PM
Re: Dúvidas!  –  Wagner  30/OUT/2003, 3:24 PM
Re: Dúvidas!  –  pat  30/OUT/2003, 3:35 PM
Re: Dúvidas!  –  José Roberto  30/OUT/2003, 11:52 PM
 Re: Dúvidas!  –  mick rob  31/OUT/2003, 7:12 AM

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