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the remaining 1.9 million (were) either owners or managers

 
 
Reply Sun 16 Aug, 2009 11:33 pm
Australia had an 8.8-million-strong workforce in 2001, among which the vast majority were hired as employees (6.9 million) and the remaining 1.9 million either owners or managers.
Can I add a “were” after 1.9 million, and which one is better?

Thanks.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 16 Aug, 2009 11:37 pm
@jinmin1988,
You can, and it would be better.
contrex
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2009 12:58 am
@roger,
The first, preceding "were" implies one in the place that you suggest, which was omitted for reasons of brevity and elegance, and I consider that it would not necessarily be "better".

There are six boys in my family. One is fairhaired, two are dark, and six (are) redheads.

The second "are" above may be omitted but implied and understood in the above example.

Beginning learners should avoid such tricks however, until they feel confident about the basics of English.
contrex
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2009 03:48 pm
@contrex,
There are nine boys in my family. One is fair haired, two are dark, and six are redheads.

I got the numbers wrong! Also of course I meant the third "are", the one which is underlined. This can be omitted.
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