Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 21:05:26 -0500
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.BITNET
Subject: "One of the x that has/have"?
I don't want to do the work I am supposed to do tonight, so instead I shall
pose a query that arose in my mind as I sat reading the 11/13 New Yorker
(instead of doing the work I do not want to do tonight).
In a squib on Colin Powell (p. 35), this sentence occurs:
"One of the fictions that have grown out of the constant interviewing
of Reed and other arbiters of right-wing political correctness is
that Amerians vote for a Presidential candidate mainly because of where
he stands on certain clearly defined isues."
It seems to me that the semantic sense of the sentence calls for a
"One of the fictions that has" construction. If a student handed me that
sentence, I am certain I would mark it and have a little talk with her about
How about it? Is the NYorker slipping? Or am I?
dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]utk.edu