Plural or singular
I've got the following sentence:
"Recent statistics (show) that in 2005 in the EU 41,600 people were killed in road accidents."
Should I use the verb show in the singular or plural form. I raed the explanation on www.thefreedictionary but I'm not sure which is correct.
If you say: 'Statistics is an interesting subject,' then you use the singular since you're referring to 'the subject of statistics'. However, in your sentence, you use 'statistics' to mean 'numbers' or 'data'. This way, you could use either singular or plural. For instance, you could point out that a certain incident 'is just another statistic' (singular) in a specific context of events or in a series of statistics (plural). Unlike the word 'politics' (always singular), 'statistics' can actually take the singular form too, but this not the case in your example.
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