Excerpted from chronicle.com:

The reasons by which we make our behavior coherent to ourselves changes together with our view of who has reasons coming to them.

It says "the reasons changes", is it a typo of "the reasons change"?

  • It looks like a typo to me. The writer might have lost his train of thought while writing the sentence and forgotten whether he used the singular or the plural. – stangdon Feb 3 '16 at 13:59
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    Author is matching changes to behaviour not to reasons. Philosophy not English major... – Peter Feb 3 '16 at 14:41

It's most definitely an error. Good catch. I have to add that, even with the grammar corrected, I find the entire sentence incomprehensible. But - I haven't looked at it in context.


IMO, this is not so much a typo as a grammar flub - one sadly common among native speakers.

The writer has matched the verb form to the closest noun, "behavior", rather than to the subject, "reasons".

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