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A reader wants to know if it should be ‘a 5 week and 3 day run-up’ or ‘a 5 week and 3 days run-up’.

The verb “is” is cor­rectly used there, be­cause the writer cites only ONE com­plaint among many, i.e. “that preg­nant women un­der­per­form in their du­ties.”

How­ever, the verb “ com­plaints nor­mally should be re­placed by “ com­plaints; we them.

Which is cor­rect?

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We don’t

1. The ap­ple is red in colour./The ap­ple is red colour.

2. Lily reads a story to her brother./Lily reads to her brother.

3. My fa­ther rides his mo­tor­cy­cle to work./ My fa­ther rides on his mo­tor­cy­cle to work. –

1. The ap­ple is red in colour.” is cor­rect. But it would be bet­ter to write “The ap­ple is red.” It is un­der­stood that “red” refers to the colour.

2. Both sen­tences use the sim­ple present tense which ex­presses, among other things, an ac­tiv­ity that is done reg­u­larly. So some­thing must be added to the sen­tences to make them mean­ing­ful, e.g.

a) Lily reads a story to her brother b) Lily reads to her brother

Al­ter­na­tively, you can use the present con­tin­u­ous tense to in­di­cate what Lily is do­ing i.e. a) Lily a story to her brother. b) Lily to her brother. 3. The cor­rect sen­tence is “My fa­ther rides his mo­tor­cy­cle to work.” You don’t need “on” af­ter “rides” in this kind of sen­tence, which talks about how some­one goes to work. But you can use “on” in a sen­tence like the fol­low­ing caption of a pho­to­graph in a Bri­tish news­pa­per:

“Hugh Jack­man his mo­tor­cy­cle in front of the Harkins Tempe Mar­ket­place the­atres for the pre­miere of ‘ X-Men Ori­gins Wolverine’ in Tempe, Ariz”

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