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                            1. March 16, 2020

                              The Couple Is or the Couple Are?

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                              Sometimes it's not clear whether collective nouns like "couple" take a singular or plural verb. In most cases, your ear is your best guide.

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                              'Are' vs. 'is' writ large
                              Posted by June on March 16, 2020
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                              “There are a variety of Medicare supplement plans on the market.”

                              的可以的提棋牌For an editor, this is not a difficult sentence. We see stuff like this all the time and don’t blink an eye. But sometimes things that shouldn’t trip me up trip me up. Things I’ve known for years — things I’ve researched and confirmed and committed to memory — seem to fall right out of my brain.

                              And so it was when I found myself staring at that sentence, which appeared in an article I was editing recently, and stopped dead in my tracks. “There are a variety”? “There is a variety”? For some reason, I couldn’t remember despite having researched the matter multiple times in the past.

                              To get to the answer, there are a couple of issues to consider. One is whether “variety” is singular, which would require the singular verb “is,” or whether it’s plural, requiring the verb “are.”

                              The second issue is whether “variety” governs the verb at all. Could “plans” be the subject of the verb? If so, there’s no question the verb should be “are,” as in “There are plans on the market.”

                              的可以的提棋牌Finally, there’s a question of whether “existential there” changes the equation. In , I start with that one.

                               

                              June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more

                              The Best Punctuation Book, Period

                              A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson

                              The most comprehensive punctuation guide ever, “The Best Punctuation Book, Period” doesn’t just cover the basic rules. It delves into gray areas of punctuation left unclear by the other rule books, showing how the rules differ in four different editing styles. There's also an A to Z reference of commonly mispunctuated terms.

                              Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

                              A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite

                              What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? They’re all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book.

                              Mortal Syntax

                              Mortal Syntax的可以的提棋牌 takes on the 101 most frequently attacked usage choices. Dedicating one short chapter to each, Casagrande brings her subject to life, teaching English usage through lively and amusing personal anecdotes.

                              It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences

                              的可以的提棋牌Your story may be brilliant. Your insights may be groundbreaking. Your characters may be so real you can almost touch them. But they're not worth a thing if you can't bring them to life in well-written sentences.

                              • 'Whom' vs. 'Who' at the Beginning of a Sentence

                                June A.S.: Everything you said is right, but I'm not sure which comment you're directing it at. Are you getting confused by passive voice as it comes into play in these sentences? "I called him" uses the object pronoun "him" because, as you said, is an object. When you invert that sentence to say "He was called," it's not the same sentence structure. In passive voice, the object of the action (so to speak) is made the grammatical subject of the sentence. So "He was called" does, as you said, required the subject pronoun "he." I don't believe anyone said anything to the contrary.

                              • 'Whom' vs. 'Who' at the Beginning of a Sentence

                                A.S. WRONG! If "Whom was called into the office" is a question then it's the equivalent of asking "Him was called into the office?" which is obviously wrong. If it's a statement it's still wrong. Look, it's not difficult: Me, him, her, them and whom are objects. I, he, she, they and who are subjects. If the person in the sample sentence is the object (as indicated by "whom") then the office must be the subject but there's no verb for the subject, so the person must be the subject and is therefore who. Understand?

                              • E-mail vs. Email

                                June Punctuation rules for American English are indeed "always" put the period or comma before the closing quote mark. British style is as you described (that is, it follows a certain logic). But American rules are rooted in a printing convention that originated from aesthetics concerns. I'm quite confident that this American convention will go the way of the dinosaur. Wikipedia is proof: Their style is situational in the way you described. But for now, it's the rule: The comma always goes "inside," as does a "period."

                              • A Not-So-Thrilling Typo

                                June Oops. Fixing now. (Better late than never.)

                              • A Not-So-Thrilling Typo

                                JR "An" Not-So-Thrilling Typo?

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