NY Times Blooper?

Posted by Psi on March 04, 2002

In Reply to: NY Times Blooper? posted by Bruce Kahl on March 02, 2002

: "Another Round of Layoffs Are Planned at
: First Boston"

: "Round" is singular, no?
: So it should read:
: "Another Round of Layoffs IS Planned at
: First Boston."

: The original is below.

I would agree, but there does seem to be a collective form where a singular noun takes a plural verb, as in "a lot of people are present". I don't believe it is right to say "... is present" in this case, but I am clear on what the difference is.

Does anyone have any ideas?