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# subject - verb agreement confusion

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06 Aug 2007, 14:58
"
The doctrine applies in Canada ,where there is a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and consistent.
"

Is the above sentence correct wrt subject verb agreement ?

pls explain.
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06 Aug 2007, 15:04
empty_spaces wrote:
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The doctrine applies in Canada ,where there is a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and consistent.
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Is the above sentence correct wrt subject verb agreement ?

pls explain.
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confusin but can be rewritten [#permalink]

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06 Aug 2007, 15:23
The doctrine applies in Canada ,where there is a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and consistent.

---where there is a valid and consistent Federal law and a provincial law
or
as it says each to be should be changed to is

still confused,
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06 Aug 2007, 22:57
empty_spaces wrote:
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The doctrine applies in Canada ,where [there ARE (a federal law) AND (a provincial law)] that are each valid and consistent.
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To me "there is/are" referring to compound noun, hence plural is required.

Although post-comma part of the sentence is modifying "Canada", it does not have to agree with "Canada".
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07 Aug 2007, 00:03
Right, sounds ok.
there is no modifier in the sentence, as it says doctrine works in canada, because there are ..... , but what about the part after THAT, where it isays --that are each --- as each refers to each single item, should there be IS or ARE

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07 Aug 2007, 00:16
The only problem is that it should be 'there are'...use of 'each' is ok.
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