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a couple作主语后接单数动词还是复数动词?  

2010-04-07 11:06:01|  分类: 语法 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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使用语料库 http://www.americancorpus.org/,输入“ . a couple [vvi]”,检索没有结果。vvi=复数动词
输入“. a couple [vvz]",vvz=单数动词,检索结果如下:
 . A COUPLE MAKES    2 instances
 A couple makes love, each donating half of their genetic material to the baby. 
 A COUPLE makes out in the seat in front of them.
 
 . A COUPLE INTERACTS   1 instance
 A couple interacts with southern stingrays (above, r.) at a snorkeling site known as " Stingray City " at Grand Cayman. 

 . A COUPLE ASKS   1 instance
A couple asks to rent shoes but he can't make change because he has no quarters. 

 . A COUPLE WALKS   1 instance  
A couple walks by, the woman covering her nose with her T-shirt.


输入”. a couple are“,得到4个例句:
A couple are hospitalized with quite a bit of subcutaneous birdshot. 
 A couple are at the bar. 
A couple are getting real depressed and the rest are fighting all the time. 
A couple are made up, but there's at least a kernel of truth in them. 

输入十”。a couple is", 得到4个例句:
A couple is unlocking a door on a Manhattan street, and the young woman turns toward the viewer with a somewhat tired but determined expression. 
 A couple is browsing.
 A couple is making out heatedly in the corner. 
A couple is prosecuted under child neglect laws after their child dies from untreated diabetes. 

输入“. a couple were", 得到7个例句:
A couple were from Arkansas, and of course they took a lot of hillbilly razzing about not wearing shoes till they got in the Army, and so on.
 A couple were leaning down at the car;单数
 A couple were put on, taken off and put back on again.
A couple were stepping out of a white stretch limo, the guy in a black Stetson, jeans so tight his jewels must be shrieking " please release me, let me go. "
 A couple were surprisingly low - 2.7 or 3 on a scale of 4 - but it was surprising to hear a 3.25 described as " poor. " 
 A couple were pregnant, their white bellies showing, and Yolanda called out to a few by name, and they come up to her and pressed her hands between theirs.
A couple were major players in student government. 

输入". a couple was", 得到5个例句:
A couple was already seated at table twenty-one when Mac and Sam reached it.
A couple was trying to arrange sex with a 5-year-old. 
A couple was kissing a few feet away. 
 A couple was arrested Dec. 31 and charged with shoplifting groceries from Kroger. 
A couple was sitting on the side-walk, their backs against the building, deep in an argument over whose fault it was that Biffy disappeared.


又输入”. a couple of [nn2] “, nn2=复数名词,得到下列例句:
A couple of guys ask what's happening.
A couple of guys I respect who follow these things are as anxious as I am.
A couple of things remain a mystery about the summer day I got married.
A couple of things have happened. 
A couple of men also have made scale models of projects the workshop has completed.
A couple of men were puttering about on patches of land with a hoe or a shovel in hand, " bowing down " to the earth.
A couple of kids were in there. 
A couple of kids look up as the door opens.
A couple of questions are gifts, wrapped in a bow. 


又输入”. a couple of [nn2] [vvz] “  vvz=单数动词,检索结果为零。



结论:a couple意思为”一对(已婚或未婚)夫妇“时, 后接单数动词;意思为”几(个)“时,后接复数动词。


 
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