Singular or plural?

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 30 01:12:29 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 4:14 AM, Bill Palmer <w_a_palmer at>wrote:

> In a story reporting the location of prior chief executives at times of =
> national crisis (occasioned by the recent attempt to bomb a NWA flight), =
> CBS reported, "President Reagan was on vacation when the Marine barracks =
> in Beirut were bombed in 1983".  I would have used "was".  But I don't =
> really know which is appropriate.

According to CGEL, both are correct.  This noun has an identical singular
and plural form.  p346-7.

Randy Alexander
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