I have several questions regarding grammar:
1) If person A weighed 150 pounds, person B weighed 200 pounds, andperson C weighed 200 pounds, which one is correct: a) Person B is the heaviest or b) Person B is the heavier?
2) According to the AUE.org FAQ, "Use of a plural verb after asingular noun denoting a group of persons (known as a noun of multitude) is commoner in the U.K. than in the U.S." What about a group of non-people? For example: "The fishing fleet left the harbor when the fishermen heard that a school of bluefish were near the wreck." Would this be incorrect, even in BrE?
3) "With the exception of Frank and me, everyone in the class finishedthe assignment before the bell rang." Is this a grammatically correct sentence?
4) "Some women have made a clear-cut choice between a career andmotherhood; others have created a balance between the two." Is this correct, or should it be changed to "Some women have made clear-cut choices between a career and motherhood; others have created balances between the two."?
Thank you.
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I have several questions regarding grammar: 1) If person A weighed 150 pounds, person B weighed 200 pounds, and person ... changed to "Some women have made clear-cut choices between a career and motherhood; others have created balances between the two."?

I have a question too. When is your homework due?
I have several questions regarding grammar: 1) If person A ... career and motherhood; others have created balances between the two."?

I have a question too. When is your homework due?

It's not a homework assignment; I'm asking these questions for my own edification. If you can help, then please do so. If a semi-witty remark is all you can offer, then please refrain from posting. Thank you.
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I have a question too. When is your homework due?

It's not a homework assignment; I'm asking these questions for my own edification. If you can help, then please do so. If a semi-witty remark is all you can offer, then please refrain from posting. Thank you.

The homework crack, often heard here unjustly, wasn't even half-witty. Ask away and ignore the wiseacres, for there is generally someone here who can supply the answer.

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1) If person A weighed 150 pounds, person B weighed 200 pounds, and person C weighed 200 pounds, which one is correct: a) Person B is the heaviest or b) Person B is the heavier?

Either one is OK, although many will say "heavier" must be used
The fishing fleet left the harbor when the fishermen heard that a school of bluefish were near the wreck." Would this be incorrect, even in BrE?

"...a school...was..."
With the exception of Frank and me, everyone in the class finished the assignment before the bell rang.

Forget about Frank, would you say, "with the exception of me.."? You wouldn't It might be correct, but you wouldn't say it
More often heard would be "..of Frank and myself..", still not quite kosher My preference: "Except for Frank and me..."
Some women have made a clear-cut choice between a career and motherhood; others have created a balance between the two." ... to "Some women have made clear-cut choices between a career and motherhood; others have created balances between the two."?

Balance is correct
If you say "balances" you would imply that the women had made more than one balance between career and motherhood, perhaps one for the morning and another for the evening
Bob G
I asked for help, and the reply was sarcasm. Correct ... discussions, especially in a prestigious newsgroup such as this one.

You don't need to read many threads here to discover that civility is relatively rare. And why should civility be ... or legerdemain; of the nature of or characterized by juggling or magic; cheating, deluding, deceitful; deceptive, illusory. Now rare.

BTW, and contrary to what some may believe, this is not the sense intended in the naming of the "Postwar Prestige Standard"(tm) dialect (a now-obsolete name, BTAWNS).
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Thank you for your help. For the last one, you said "balance" would be correct. What about "choice?" Is it correct as it is or is "choices" correct?
1. B is the heaviest.
2. A school is a collective noun. A school of bluefish sounds plural to myear and I would use the plural.

3. no
4. Drop the semicolon and write two short sentences.

Tim
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1. B is the heaviest.

Actually, he is not. C is just as heavy, so you could say that C is the heaviest.

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