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.
I believe it would be are, because you are going to list multiples.
Sentence 1 is correct because you are listing "advantages" which is plural.
"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).
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
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.
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...'
definitely 'are' because of the use of the word some, meaning plural
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