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"Computers are often argued to be the most important invention of the last hundred years." Could anyone tell me whether this sentence is right? And why? Thank you!

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Yes, it is perfectly correct. Here is another example:

These flowers are a gift from an admirer

When we talk about the flowers themselves, we view them as plural. When we talk about those same flowers as a gift, we view them as singular.

In the same way, if we talk about a packet of biscuits, when we talk about the biscuits themselves, we view them as plural, but when we think of them as a packet, the packet is singular.

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