What do you think this number refers/refer to?

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I am confused on the usage of 'refer to' and 'refers to'. 'Refers to' sounds natural, but 'number' is singular so are we supposed to use 'refer to' as it is singular?

What do you think this number refers to /refer to?

Kelvin

Posted 2017-05-20T09:39:13.433

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Answers

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Your understanding is right. A singular noun functioning as a subject takes a singular verb and a plural noun takes a plural verb. But nouns and verbs have different inflections. Plural nouns take an s but plural verbs don't; singular verbs take an s but plural verbs don't. So the correct one is,

What do you think this number refers to

user178049

Posted 2017-05-20T09:39:13.433

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