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Here is a question:

The magnitude of yesterday's earthquake has been determined by seismologists, but what really intrigues government officials are how to both detect warning singns of an earthquake and predict its location of impact.

My question is the following :

The right answer is :

has been determined by seismologists, but what really intrigues government officials is

This is what I said when I took the exam I don't know what is the rule to figure out the right answer?

Could you help me on that?

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2006, 09:40
The magnitude of yesterday's earthquake has been determined by seismologists, but what really intrigues government officials are how to both detect warning singns of an earthquake and predict its location of impact.


the key here is

what really intrigues government officials are

Intrigues is - is the right usage.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2006, 10:07
[quote="jyotsnasarabu"]The magnitude of yesterday's earthquake [u]has been determined by seismologists, but what really intrigues government officials are[/u] how to both detect warning singns of an earthquake and predict its location of impact.


the key here is

what really [b]intrigues[/b] government officials [b]are[/b]

Intrigues is - is the right usage.[/quote]

Thanks for your answer but is there a specific rule for this type of questions? How do you say if it is singular or plural?
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2006, 10:11
something or someone intrigues me - so intrigue is always used in a singular context, whereas intrigue is used in a plural context. for example: The events intrigue me.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2006, 18:14
[quote="jyotsnasarabu"][b]something [/b]or [b]someone[/b] [b]intrigues[/b] me - so intrigue is always used in a singular context, whereas intrigue is used in a plural context. for example: The [b]events[/b] [b]intrigue[/b] me.[/quote]

Hi,

Thanks for your answer.

Can you tell me what is the right rule when you have:

what + ... + singular or plurar?

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2007, 03:32
[quote="jyotsnasarabu"][quote="jyotsnasarabu"][b]something [/b]or [b]someone[/b] [b]intrigues[/b] me - so intrigues is always used in a singular context, whereas intrigue is used in a plural context. for example: The [b]events[/b] [b]intrigue[/b] me.[/quote][/quote]

I mean in general... what determines if it is plural or singular?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2007, 04:08
jmtruelle wrote:
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
something or someone intrigues me - so intrigues is always used in a singular context, whereas intrigue is used in a plural context. for example: The events intrigue me.


I mean in general... what determines if it is plural or singular?


maybe u shud look up a grammar book..............i might not be the rite person to explain all this! :)
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