Posted by Barney on August 30, 2002
In Reply to: Grammar help 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?
: : Given that we are on the grammar track a similar question was posed to me:
: : The yolk of an egg is white
: : The yolk of an egg are white
: : The answer seemed clear to me at the time but now I'm not so sure.
: Yolk is yellow.
Then, as my son said, the yolk is on you.