Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 10:32 am
The efforts of Nichiren and his followers to have all the people in the country of Japan embrace the Lotus Sutra is/are the work of the envoy of Bodhisattva Jōgyō.”

Should it be is or are? Thanks.
 
mark noble
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 10:38 am
@tanguatlay,
The answer is 'is'.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 10:56 am
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

The answer is 'is'.
Why is it 'is', please? Thanks.
mark noble
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 10:58 am
@tanguatlay,
Because it 'is'.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 11:16 am
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

Because it 'is'.
There should be a reason for "is". If you cannot explain, let's leave it to another user, please.
mark noble
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 11:22 am
@tanguatlay,
Then 'Google' it.
Takes 6.5 seconds.
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mark noble
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 11:24 am
@tanguatlay,
You asked for the answer, not the reason why.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 11:33 am
@tanguatlay,
Efforts are. Mark, how did you get "is"
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 12:48 pm
The efforts of Nichiren and his followers to have all the people in the country of Japan embrace the Lotus Sutra is/are the work of the envoy of Bodhisattva Jōgyō.”

It may help to cut out all the words that are not necessary to resolve the question. They are shown in red.

The result:

The efforts of Nichiren is/are the work of the envoy of Bodhisattva Jōgyō.

Subject-verb agreement: basic rule. A singular subject takes a singular verb, whereas a plural subject takes a plural verb.

The verb form would be 'is' if the subject is singular, and would be 'are' if the usbject is plural.

Is 'efforts' singular or plural?
dalehileman
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 02:08 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
Quote:
The efforts is the work of the envoy
Since Googling this phrase gets few if any identical or even similar hits, I'd go plural
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 07:00 pm
@dalehileman,
Thanks, Tes yeux noirs and dalehileman.
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