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Grammar which one is correct



samahdaba1983
Syria

Grammar which one is correct
 
Which of the following is the correct one ? a. She broke the watch which her dad gave it to her last week./ b. She broke the watch which her dad gave last week . Or if both are wrong what�s the correct form? 
The second question is : (A lot of the building is / are destroyed) Why ? 
Thanks in advance 

10 Apr 2020      



L. habach
Morocco

She broke the watch (which) her father gave her last week.

10 Apr 2020     



yanogator
United States

I agree with L. habach´s answer.
 
For the second one, "a lot" is singular, so it must be "is". A lot of the building is destroyed.
 
Bruce 

10 Apr 2020     



FrauSue
France

For the second one, isn�t it because ´building´ is singular?
A lot of the building is destroyed. (One partially destroyed building.)
A lot of the buildings are destroyed. (Several destroyed buildings in a town.) 

14 Apr 2020     



yanogator
United States

FrauSue,
It seems that way, but "a lot" is singular in the first, because it means the amount, and plural in the second, because it means the number. You could replace the first one with "much" (singular), and the second one with "many" (plural). In either case, "building" and "buildings" are not the subject of the sentence, so they don´t determine the form of the verb. They are the object of the preposition "of".
 
Bruce 

14 Apr 2020     



FrauSue
France

Thanks, Bruce! Replacing with "much" and "many" is an excellent way of explaining it. I will now be able to teach my students better. Thanks for the tip!

15 Apr 2020     



kwsp
United States

Hi samahdaba1983, 
This might help. It´s from the Pearson book Understanding & Using English Grammar.
 

You might want to check out this website for some additional resources: http://www.azargrammar.com/materials/index.html
 

15 Apr 2020