Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub

Please note that these ESL Forums are NOT part of MyEnglishClub. To post at these ESL Forums please register ↑ first.


English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

Moderator: Alan


Postby pdh0224 » Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:58 pm

Dear teacher,

Studies have found that each season as many as one high school football player in five suffers concussions, a violent jarring of the brain against the unyielding skull.

Q : I believe the function of "as many as" is an adjective modifying "one, for emphasizing it. If it does not, it is not natural that "suffers" is placed before a plural "many".

What do you think?
Gold Member
Posts: 472
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:02 am

Postby Alan » Wed Oct 27, 2004 4:38 am

'As many as' serves as a kind of phrasal modifier to 'one (in five)' . It serves to emphasize that 'one' in this context is to be regarded as a high number, since it actually represents 20% of the total.

The sentence subject is thus 'one high school football player', not 'many', hence the singular verb.
User avatar
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12044
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Location: Japan
Status: English Teacher

Return to Grammar Help

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests