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# V05-07

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GMAT 1: 660 Q37 V42
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13 Sep 2017, 07:07
sayantanc2k wrote:
anchal25 wrote:
I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation. HI,
I have gone through the comments on 'Him' part and understood that the question has been modified, but I' confused on the usage of 'A half-dozen' as singular entity as when we say 'A number of people', it means 'Few People', while 'The Number' is of course singular. So, Does the usage of 'a half-dozen' not mean equivalent to 'few'. Please explain.
Thanks,
Anchal

I am not sure whether I understood your doubt correctly:

"A half-dozen" is equivalent to "a few" - consider this: "...whereas a half-dozen few banded together only causes him alarm."

hi,
could you please explain why is it so that .. 'a few banded together only causes him alarm 'correct?
isn't 'a few ' plural and hence must be followed by cause him alarm as in a few banded together only cause him alarm..
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27 Oct 2017, 08:53
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A half-dozen is singular. Note the use of article "A", which indicates "half-dozen" is a singular collective noun.

on the other hand, half a dozen would be plural. A dozen would be a singular collective noun, but half of it gives us a count of 6, which is not a collective noun anymore.

Since this case uses "a half-dozen", it must be singular.
Re: V05-07 &nbs [#permalink] 27 Oct 2017, 08:53

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