Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 01:29:42 -0500
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: "One of the x that has/have"?
On Mon, 6 Nov 1995, Bethany Dumas, UTK wrote:
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."
I don't consider myself a grammarian, but I would consider "have" correct
since the relative pronoun "that" in this sentence refers to the word
"fictions", a plural. The word "one" really doesn't come into play in
figuring the proper inflection for the to be verb which follows. A petty
point to be sure, but one you would want to be consider if you were going
to note it in a student's paper. As for me, I'd probably glide right
over it if it didn't really interfere with the point at hand. Besides,
you might get a student who's really into that stuff. My two cents.
The to be verb which acts with "one" is the word "is" which follows after
the long modifying phrase.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]hamlet.uncg.edu