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Is use of "decreases" in the following sentence correct grammatically and conceptually? If it is not, kindly suggest ways to make it clearer.

This causes better performance in VTB than the CTB. Therefore, the VTB is cleaner than the CTB because the amount of fossil fuels consumption and air pollution decreases in order to produce the electrical energy.

  • You would want "from VTB than CTB" and "consumption of fossil fuels" as well as "decrease" (singular). – John Smith Apr 21 '17 at 19:10
  • Is this a translation from another language? There are several problems here. – user3169 Apr 22 '17 at 0:18
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Is use of "decreases" in the following sentence correct grammatically and conceptually?

"decreases" is singular. It should be "decrease" for plural.
Overall, the sentence is not clear.

If it is not, kindly suggest ways to make it clearer.

Here is a rewrite:

This leads to better performance in the VTB than the CTB. Therefore, the VTB is a cleaner source of energy than the CTB; the consumption of fossil fuels is less, and in turn air pollution has also decreased.

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This leads to better performance in the VTB than the CTB. Therefore, the VTB is a cleaner source of energy than the CTB, due to the fact that the consumption of fossil fuels is now lower, which in turn decreases air pollution as well.

It is still unclear from the question what the VTB and CTB are though. A cleaner "consumer of energy", or "source of energy", or if neither of those precisely, then swap in this text: "Therefore, the VTB is an environmentally cleaner solution than the CTB"

  • A simpler edit, in addition to "decrease", would be to change consumption to consumed. – Valkor Jul 24 at 8:07
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The plural of the noun amount is amounts. If you are using the singular noun (amount), it will take a singular verb. On the other hand, the plural noun (amounts) will take a plural verb.

In the sentence presented, you are referring to the singular noun (amount), so the singular verb i,e, decreases is grammatical.

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