Series: Como utilizar

anita 13
Hi, everybody! In an FCE prep coursebook, I saw the following sentence:
"They made several series of Friends but the very first series were the best". We had to find a mistake in it, which I recognized as "was" instead of "were" because we should agree to "the very first". However, a st of mine called my attention to the word "series", which he had replaced by "episodes" as to make the sentence correct. I understand "series" as both a sing and plural word, but here I understood it as singular meaning "série de tv". Then, wouldn't it be possible to understand that they made several series with the cast of Friends? Oh, please, help me here! Many thanks in advance!

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Gabi 1 1 15
[quote="anita"]Hi, everybody! In an FCE prep coursebook, I saw the following sentence:
"They made several series of Friends but the very first series were the best".

Friends it's a tv comedy series...então, um seriado de tv de comédia,humorístico...algo assim.
You couldn't say " ...os primeiros seriados foram os melhores."

The sentence could have been written either as "....the very first episodes..." or "....the very first seasons...."


Episodes = capítulos
Seasons = temporadas
Series = seriado
Just an idea...

Maybe the word series could be related to other thing than seriado... When in the US, you realize that the most used word for seriado is sitcom...
Donay Mendonça 22 107 1.6k
Anita,

Eu vejo a possibilidade de se usar tanto singular quanto plural.O termo "series",para mim,admite esta possibilidade.Acredito que o autor do texto é quem define qual forma(singular ou plural) deve usar na hora de escrever.


Boa sorte!
Henry Cunha 3 18 183
"Series" aqui deve ser entendido como "uma série de episódios", provavelmente cada uma durando uma estação do ano (os seriados americanos geralmente começam a estação em setembro, e se concluem em junho). Então a construção seria uma ou outra:

these series were = estas séries eram (foram)
this series was = esta série era (foi)

Com esse sentido, "the very first series" implica no singular, como a Anita concluiu, ao meu ver.

Regards