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Re: Grammar help

Posted by R. Berg on August 29, 2002

In Reply to: Urgent: grammar help needed posted by ESC on August 29, 2002

: The only thing we overlook ARE wide open spaces.

: The only thing we overlook IS wide open spaces.

: Paging R. Berg. Which is correct? The grammar mavens are divided on this question. The sentence is for a proposed customer service ad with a visual pun -- a scenic overlook.

IS is correct. The noun that governs is "thing," the subject of the sentence.

So they call themselves mavens, do they? Without having read Fowler?