Hi There,
I was always wondering, how to mix plurals and singulars in a sentence. Is there a specific rule? I am always confused.. The example is:

The graph above lists the countries with greater rates than the average.

Here "the countries with a greater rate than the average" is right
or
"the countries with greater rates than the average" is right?

Please let me know if there is a special rule I can apply when writing this kind of sentenses.
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imchakanIs there a specific rule?
No.
imchakanI am always confused.
You're not the only one. There are often multiple correct solutions to the problem. Emotion: smile
imchakanThe graph above lists the countries with greater rates than the average.Here "the countries with a greater rate than the average" is right or "the countries with greater rates than the average" is right?
I would not use "the" with "average" in this kind of sentence. Just "than average" is fine.

Here I think it depends very much on how many rates are listed for each country. If there is exactly one rate on the graph for each country, then "with a greater rate than average" is the correct version. If there is more than one rate for each country, then you need "with greater rates than average".

CJ
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Emotion: smileThank you very much! That helped a lot!!
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