EnglishClub
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.

Subject Verb Agreement (Follow up question #2)

English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

Moderator: Alan

Subject Verb Agreement (Follow up question #2)

Postby Nami Nami » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:29 am

Dear teacher,

Thank you for your reply. I still do not quite understand, hope you don't mind I keep asking.

For the sentence "Mobile apps have become one of the most popular channels that connect the Government with the people", you said:

The antecedent of the relative pronoun in a restrictive clause following the construction "one of the -s" is always the plural noun, not 'one'.

My questions are:

1. Can I interpret it in this layman way: "that" modifies "one of the most popular channels", specifically, it modifies the head of that phrase, which is "one"; and "one" refers to "Mobile apps", so it makes "that" plural. Is this "intepretation" correct?

Could you please tell me which of the following are correct (just to make sure my understanding is correct, sorry about this)?

2. He is one of the students who goes to school by helicopter.

3. He is one of the students who go to school by helicopter.

4. They are one of the teams who have won 6 times this year.

5. They are one of the teams who has won 6 times this year.

Thanks a lot!
Nami Nami
Gold Member
 
Posts: 197
Joined: Thu Jun 24, 2004 2:29 am
Location: Mars

Re: Subject Verb Agreement (Follow up question #2)

Postby Alan » Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:21 am

1. No. As I have already made clear, the antecedent of the pronoun in this construction is exclusively the plural object of the preposition, not the pronoun 'one'.

2. #2 and 5 are incorrect!

N.B. I will not be answering any further follow-up questions on this point!
User avatar
Alan
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