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Hi,
I've come across this sentence and I wonder whether it is correct. "We're also terribly sorry that there is roadworks on the route you usually take because ...". Shouldn't it be "there are roadworks?

Thank you.

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I think you're right (also, yours is more than 10 times more frequent at Yahoo).
Thanks, Marious!
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Marius HancuI think you're right (also, yours is more than 10 times more frequent at Yahoo).
'Roadworks' is a plural noun according to the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners.
Yoong Liat
Marius HancuI think you're right (also, yours is more than 10 times more frequent at Yahoo).
'Roadworks' is a plural noun according to the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners.
You'll find lots of singulars of it at the New York Times.
Marius Hancu
Yoong Liat
Marius HancuI think you're right (also, yours is more than 10 times more frequent at Yahoo).
'Roadworks' is a plural noun according to the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners.

You'll find lots of singulars of it at the New York Times.
Is this another instance of difference between BrE and AmE usage?
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It shows in singular form even in BrE, just perhaps less:

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UK - Satnav systems guide cars to a watery end (Guardian)

Dozens of motorists have become marooned in the river Avon in
Wiltshire after being directed into the water by their satellite
navigation systems. When a main road in the town of Sherston was
closed for roadwork, the diversion recommended by some satnav systems
takes motorists to the ford, known as The Splash, at Brook End.

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Yoong Liat
Marius HancuI think you're right (also, yours is more than 10 times more frequent at Yahoo).
'Roadworks' is a plural noun according to the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners.
I have the Collins Dictionary on CD, and indeed, it gives a plural form only with the following example:

There's roadworks and temporary traffic lights between Camblesforth and Carlton.

Many other dictionaries would consider there's roadworks wrong. I wonder if the compilers of that dictionary also recommend:

I can't watch TV because I have a lot of works to do.

Cheers
CB
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary: roadworks (US roadwork).

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: roadworks (plural) BrE.

Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners: roadworks noun (plural) AmE: roadwork.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: noun (plural) BrE (NAmE) roadwork

Based on dictionaries, roadworks is a plural noun in BrE. In AmE, it is roadwork.
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