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Which statement, from the following, will be deemed as correct?

  1. Hunbbel Meer profile image86
    Hunbbel Meerposted 5 years ago

    Which statement, from the following, will be deemed as correct?

    1. Following are some of the major advantages of tuning up your car.

    2. Following is some of the major advantages of tuning up your car.

  2. cloverleaffarm profile image63
    cloverleaffarmposted 5 years ago

    I believe it would be are, because you are going to list multiples.

  3. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    Sentence 1 is correct because you are listing "advantages" which is plural.

  4. Specialist5 profile image67
    Specialist5posted 5 years ago

    "Following are" is correct because advantanges is plural.  You can check by reversing the sentence:  The major advantages of tuning up your car are:  (your list will follow).

  5. Hunbbel Meer profile image86
    Hunbbel Meerposted 5 years ago

    I agree with all of you above.

    Actually, my vote is fore 'are' as well, because it seems to be a clear enough subject-verb-agreement rule.

    However, my proofreading software always, always shows this as a mistake, and ask me to replace 'are' with 'is'.

    I am so confused. It is not that I believe that crap all the time. But he is so stubborn in this regard that it made me think for a while tongue

    1. Aficionada profile image88
      Aficionadaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Proofreading software can be helpful, but it is not a human brain. Your software thinks the word "following" is a noun, the singular subject of the sentence. "Following" can be used as a noun, but in the sample sentence it is used adjectivally.

  6. alancaster149 profile image85
    alancaster149posted 5 years ago

    This sounds like someone taking the mickey. The answer in this case has to be 1)  'Following are...'
    When there's a collective term involved use is, as in 'The United Nations is an organisation of sovereign states'.
    With lists use 'are', as in 'The animals we raise on our farm are horses and cattle'.
    Even better would be 'The following are...'

  7. WorkAtHomeMums profile image88
    WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago

    definitely 'are' because of the use of the word some, meaning plural

 
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