I don't understand these sentences:

1. The percentage of Australian youngsters in both genders watching TV or video is equal.

Why is "is equal" but not "are equal"? I thought this sentence had "youngsters" and "genders" which are plural so this sentence has to be "are equal"?


2. "The figure for web users in USA was....." and "The figures for web users in USA and Mexico were...". Are two sentences correct? If yes so why? I don't get it?

I get confused about the part (was- were) and (figure-figures)??? why is that? The tense doesn't depend on "web users" right?

Thank you!

Let's reword to clarify what you are trying to say.

1. The percentage of Australian youngsters (of both genders) who watch TV is equal to the percentage who listen to audio. You are comparing percentages, not genders., not youngsters.

2. Now, would you like to try #2 again?

Clive

so for the #2 it means that i'm not comparing the "web users" but comparing the figure for "countries"?

so I mean if "the figure for web users in 1 countries was" but the figures for web users in 2 countries were"? even "the figure" with or without "s" depends on "country"?


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I don't know what your texts or graphs are showing you, but I think it is this .(I'll just make up some simple numbers.)

Total number of web-users in the USA: 800.

Total number of web-users in Mexico: 300.

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You can say this.

The figure for web users in the USA was 800.

The figures for web users in the USA and Mexico were 800 and 300 respectively, for a total of 1100.


The tense doesn't depend on "web users" right? Right.

1. yes I know I just want to make clear that does it depends on the part "countries" to decide "was" or "were" like in your example? like in 1 country so the figure without "s" - in 2 countries the figures with "s". I want to know about the formula grammar to apply on other writing.

2.For example when I say: The figures of web users and game players in USA were...? is it correct?

Thank you for your patience.

For example when I say: The total number of web users and game players in USA was ...? is it correct? Yes, if you are taking about one number that includes both.

A figure is often called a number.

Example 1

You were told that the number of left-handed men in the USA is 500,000.

You can say 'This number was surprising.'

Example 2

You were told that the number of left-handed men in the USA is 500,000 and that there are 100,000 people in Mexico with red hair, and that there are 700,000 people in prison in Germany.

You can say 'These numbers were surprising."

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