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Hi,

In the following, should I use "expectation" or "expectations"?

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"The expectation/expectations that Lewis Hamilton is under is/are causing him immense problems..."

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This boils down to a case of subject/verb agreement.

As a quick reminder, singular subjects require singular verbs, and plural subjects require plural verbs.

Expectation is singular, expectations is plural. Whichever you choose needs to have the appropriate matching verb to go with it in the 2nd half of the sentence.

However, in your sample sentence, you're given a clue. It says "...that Lewis Hamilton IS under..." 'Is' is a singular verb, which tells you that you need a singular subject, 'expectation'.

So, "The expectation that Lewis Hamilton is under is causing him immense problems."

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SkrejHowever, in your sample sentence, you're given a clue. It says "...that Lewis Hamilton IS under..." 'Is' is a singular verb, which tells you that you need a singular subject, 'expectation'.
This doesn't seem quite right. The subject of this instance of "is" is "Lewis Hamilton", not "expectation".

In my opinion, both the following are OK.

1. The expectation that Lewis Hamilton is under is causing him immense problems

2. The expectations that Lewis Hamilton is under are causing him immense problems
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I agree, no prob with either ...
My impression on first reading the original question was that the questioner was fully aware of the agreement issues, which is why he offered parallel singulars and plurals. I think he wanted to know if there was a preference between "expectation" and "expectations."

In this context, I believe the plural is more effective, though as Wordy and Marius agree, both are correct.

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Avangi why he offered parallel singulars and plurals
Avangi, I've been paying attention to why he is sometimes used without knowing the gender. Is this common? Or Do you know Anon? Emotion: smile

By the way, I agree with your interpretation of what the questioner wanted. However, I don't see why the plural is more effective. Any explanation you can offer? Thanks in advance.
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Mr WordyIn my opinion, both the following are OK.

1. The expectation that Lewis Hamilton is under is causing him immense problems

2. The expectations that Lewis Hamilton is under are causing him immense problems
I agree.

It depends on how many expectations there are.

If there is an expectation, for example, that he will win, then the singular.

If there are several expectations, for example, that he will win, that he will sign new sponsorship deals, that he will be a good ambassador for the sport, then the plural.
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