I changed the are to is and that was correct as well. I know it can't be correct both ways.

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I changed the are to is and the system stated it was correct that way as well.

See example:

The present class consists of twelve students and are almost finished with all curriculum requirements.
asked Apr 27 '11 at 17:25 Jane Smith New member

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The problem here is that the subject of "is/are" is unclear (to the program, at least). The subject of your sentences is "the present class," which is singular, so the verb used should be the singular "is."

 

The present class consists of twelve students and is almost finished with all curriculum requirements.

link answered Apr 28 '11 at 23:18 Collane Ramsey Expert

I would include "it" before the is to remove doubt.

Robert CooperMar 27 '12 at 02:57

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Expanding on my comment above, because I cannot use bold in a comment, there are two possible solutions for removing doubt about the sentence.

Either include "it" in the sentence:

The present class consists of twelve students and it is almost finished with all curriculum requirements.

Or, rewrite the sentence so the number of students is a comma enclosed subordinate clause. I would also suggest following the style of writing numbers above nine in numbers:

The present class, consisting of 12 students, is almost finished with all curriculum requirements.

link comment answered Mar 27 '12 at 03:08 Robert Cooper New member
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'The present class consists of twelve students and are almost finished with all curriculum requirements'.

Error: Subject verb agreement

Class is a singular subject, and it should take singular verb. Let's split the sentence into two parts so that the error becomes clearly visible.

(The present class consists of twelve studentes)and(the present class are almost finished with all curriculum requirements). Now, you might have noticed that the second snetence is erroneous because singular subject 'class' takes plural verb 'are'.

Correct sentence: The present class consists of twelve students and is almost finished with all curriculum requirements.

link comment edited Mar 09 '12 at 13:57 vinay Contributor

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