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# Was just reading an article and came across this sentence:

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Was just reading an article and came across this sentence:

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John Boehner is fond of saying, "we won't raise anyone's taxes," as if the take-home pay of an Olive Garden waitress were inextricably bound up with whether Warren Buffett pays his capital gains as ordinary income or at a lower rate.

Is pay generally treated as plural? What's the general rule on words like this?

I'm still on the Quant part of my GMAT studying, so forgive me if this is an obvious one.

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Re: Subject Verb Agreement - Pay is plural? [#permalink]

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If I were you I would refer to MGMAT SC book for detail explanation.

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07 Sep 2011, 14:46
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faro wrote:
Was just reading an article and came across this sentence:

Quote:
John Boehner is fond of saying, "we won't raise anyone's taxes," as if the take-home pay of an Olive Garden waitress were inextricably bound up with whether Warren Buffett pays his capital gains as ordinary income or at a lower rate.

Is pay generally treated as plural? What's the general rule on words like this?

I'm still on the Quant part of my GMAT studying, so forgive me if this is an obvious one.

Thanks!

Hii faro,

This sentence uses subjunctive mood. This particular usage is called hypothetical subjunctive. The subjunctive case is used to convey a degree of unreality.' Pay' of oliver garden waitress is actually not bound up with whether Warren Buffett pays his capital gains as ordinary income or at a lower rate. john boehner only expresses as if it were. Subjunctive case is formed whenever you describe situation contrary to reality. For example if I am not rich , but I wish I were then I will say 'If I were rich' and not If I was rich. No matter what subject is, verb were is used in hypothetical subjunctive and not verb was. As jamifahad told you, please go through manhattan sentence correction guide to get better hold of all thing grammar related you need to know about Gmat.

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Re: Subject Verb Agreement - Pay is plural? [#permalink]

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yup... just a thumb rule... in subjunctive mood, even if the subject is singular, you WILL NOT use was.. it still is if i WERE !!

and as my friends quote... read thru the subjunctive mood topics in various books and your get the drift..

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07 Sep 2011, 23:12
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as others explained its a clear cut example of Subjuntive mood - Scenario 1, which is used to express a hypothetical confition ( "If I were a rich man")
** Words to look for : IF, AS THOUGH

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