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Doubt while writing



carinita
Argentina

Doubt while writing
 
-a key feature of this play is dreams
-a key feature of this play are dreams
 
Which is correct? Wacko

21 Jan 2011      





tech_teacher
Bahamas

 feature - singular -  there (is) is correct 

21 Jan 2011     



carinita
Argentina

Wink

21 Jan 2011     



suhakhader
Jordan

I agree with tech-teacher.

The subject is singular, so the verb: (is) is correct.

21 Jan 2011     



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

Dear Carinita,

1. ´┐ŻA key feature of this play is dreams´┐Ż.

2. ´┐ŻA key feature of this play are dreams´┐Ż.

 

My first inclination was to say that:

1.   ´┐ŻA key feature of this play is dreams´┐Ż, is the correct sentence, because ´┐ŻA feature´┐Ż is singular, so it takes ´┐Żis´┐Ż.

 

But then I reversed the sentences and had:

 

1.   ´┐ŻDreams is a key feature of this play´┐Ż.

2.   ´┐ŻDreams are a key feature of this play´┐Ż.

 

It seemed that 2,

 

´┐ŻDreams are a key feature of this play´┐Ż, was correct.

 

Then I re-wrote sentence 1,

 

´┐ŻDreams is a key feature of this play´┐Ż.

´┐ŻDreaming is a key feature of this play´┐Ż.

´┐ŻTo dream is a key feature of this play´┐Ż.

´┐ŻHallucinating is a key feature of this play´┐Ż.

´┐ŻImagining visions whilst you are asleep is a key feature of this play´┐Ż.

 

I convinced myself!  In my opinion, the correct sentence is:

 

1. "A key feature of this play is dreams".

 

I agree with Tech Teacher and Suha!

LES

21 Jan 2011     



suhakhader
Jordan

Here we have  LD the magic man! No problem at all!!
 
Thank you Les!

21 Jan 2011     



carinita
Argentina

Perhaps if I copy and paste an extract of my writing, you get a better idea of what I ´┐Żm trying to say. I ´┐Żm talking about A Midsummer Night ´┐Żs Dream by Shakespeare Heart Thanks for replying
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"Yet a key feature of this play is dreams. Certainly, when action moves into the woods in Act II Scene I, we find Oberon explaining to Puck which is the provenience of the magic flower juice:..."

 
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Because I use the linker YET to start the paragraph I think the most convenient order of the elements in the sentence is "A key feature of this play is dreams"

21 Jan 2011