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Pets on board public transport is/are an increasingly common sight in many cities.

Answer is is (singular)

May I know why? Tks

 

Answer

I think the answer is wrong. It should be ‘are’ as ‘pets’ is plural.

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Are

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Pets on board public transport is/are an increasingly common sight in many cities.

Explanation

Using Clue Search, the key words here would be “an increasingly common sight”.  This seems to me that the teacher is hinting towards a singular form rather then a plural form.  

I must add however that the sentence structure  could be better. 

For example “The sighting of pets on board public transport is increasingly common in many cities”. 

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It should be plural “are“.

The subject is “pets on board public transport”, which is plural.

The only possible interpretation in which the subject is singular is if the subject was “[the sight of] pets on board public transport”. In which case the sentence should have been written as:

“The sight of pets on board public transport is increasingly common in many cities.”

I think the teacher was trying to be clever and trick students. Unfortunately he/she is wrong.

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The answer would be “is” if the writer intends the subject of the sentence to be the sight of pets on board public transport. The answer would be “are” if the writer intends the subject to be the pets.

However, in the first instance, the sentence can be better structured to make it clear that the writer intends the subject to be the sight, and not the pets. For example, “The sight of pets on board public transport is increasingly common in many cities.”

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Thank you all for your attention. Let me clarify with the teacher and get back to all.

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Of course, but students have to answer questions based on how the questions are actually worded. If we go down the route of second-guessing what the question-setter really meant, we open up a can of worms. 

Two possible interpretations here:

Pets on board public transport are an increasingly common sight in many cities.

This could be interpreted to mean that there are more pets on public transport.

 

The sight of pets on board public transport is increasingly common in many cities.

This could be interpreted to mean that a fixed number of pets are being increasingly spotted – perhaps because they are no longer hidden in the last carriage of a train or at the back of the bus.

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Should be plural. The subject is ‘pets’. 

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However, answer showed “is”. Could it be “pets on board” as collective noun?

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Who says the answer should be ‘is’? 

No, it is not a collective noun. ‘On board’ is an adjective being used postpositively; it does not affect the number of the subject. 

 

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Sch teacher marked DS’ ans as “are” wrongly and the correct ans as indicated “is”.

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Ask the school teacher to identify the subject of the sentence.

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