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Questions tagged [proximity-agreement]

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A letter or letters, which is right?

I helped students to write a letter I helped students to write letters I met people who had a dream. I met people who had dreams. Which is correct? When the agent is plural, the corresponding ...
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“this unusual instrument” with plural antecedents

The singular noun phrase "this unusual instrument" in the following refers to plural antecedents "them" and "glass harps." Is this practice acceptable in a school essay? Glass harps haven’t ...
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An AI omitting a simple grammar rule?

In the game "The Turing Test", at one point an incredibly intelligent AI utters a sentence that baffles me because of its sudden disregard for the "s" form. It says: The distance between Jupiter ...
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Question tag: Either you or he is mistaken, ____?

What is the appropriate tag to add to the end of the following statement? Either you or he is mistaken, ______ ? As is evident from the is, there are grounds for saying that the so-called proximity ...
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“My wife and I am”: Singular / Plural and the rule of proximity issue

"My wife and I am" = one family, a singular number. Therefore satisfies the use of "am" for both number and proximity issues.
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Placement of relative clauses

I know anaphora, antecedents or relative pronouns; what bothers me most is the placement of relative clauses in a sentence. The structure of the complex sentence or compound sentence is such that I ...
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“Most of their conversation was complaints about the company.”

I am a native English speaker and have gone through 8 years of grammar school (and 20-some years of speaking...). Nevertheless, sentences such as the one in the title have always sounded odd to me and ...
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have or has in this sentence?

This is one of the hesitating conditions in which I cannot tell for sure. Should I change "have been" to "has been"? It has long been established that adverse drivers’ behavior, including behavior ...
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Revolutions can, and often have, begun with reading - why “begun”, why not “begin”?

Revolutions can, and often have, begun with reading. I am curious to know about the use of the verb "begun" here. Though I am not saying it's wrong, but it can also be "begin". I see it this way. ...