Fax sheet cover letter


If the full number of pages IS not received




If the full number of pages ARE not received



 Is there a better way to word this (question mark).                              



asked Jun 23 '13 at 14:55 Donna-Lee New member

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I disagree with Michael's last statement, likely because I am an American English speaker and he is a British English speaker.  There are differences.  Here's how we look at it in the US:


The subject of the sentence is number.  That is a collective noun.  When you use the definite article (the) in front of number, it is a singular noun.  "The full number" is one number. 


That said, Michael's suggested rewrite is exactly what I would change it to. 

link answered Jun 24 '13 at 00:00 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Patty, on reflection "the full number ...is not received" would have been right, even in Britain! I stand corrected.

Michael CranfieldJun 24 '13 at 10:18

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If all pages are not received is slightly more succinct.   Either way,  the word is are.

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