NY Times Blooper?
Posted by TheFallen on March 04, 2002
In Reply to: NY Times Blooper? posted by psi on March 04, 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.
: ----- er... not clear, I meant! psi
: : Does anyone have any ideas?
: : psi
Hmmm. I am not sure if this is a hard and fast grammatical rule, but it does seem to be true that when a singular but non-specific collective noun is the subject of the sentence, then a plural verb form simply sounds better. Examples...
of people have arrived...
A number of sources have stated...
A couple of people have stayed...
A half of those surveyed have said...
None of the children have left... (I am uneasy with this one, and feel it *must* strictly speaking be "has", though colloquially, it's a different gether altomatter)
- Singular vs. plural R. Berg 03/04/02