Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 02:11:10 -0500
From: Duane Price Thx23[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: "One of the x that has/have"?
In a message dated 95-11-07 00:25:54 EST, Larry writes:
"Of the fictions that have grown, one is...." Seems gramatically
Or, preserving the word order of the original,
One [of [THE FICTIONS that HAVE grown out of the constant interviewing of
Reed and other arbiters of r-w p c]] is ...
If I'm not mistaken, even prescriptivists (at least Safire) argue explicitly
for the logic of the plural in contexts like 'One of the women that work in
I'm in at the tailend of this one, but it seems like a fairly simple issue to
"Of the fictions that have grown, one is...." is grammatically correct
the adjective clause "that have grown" modifies "fictions," which is a plural
noun; and the verb in any such clause must agree with the subject that it's
subordinating conjuction represents. You may only be referring to one
fiction, but many HAVE grown. Is it me, or is this one a no-brainer?
~The trick was to surrender to the flow...
Duane (Thx23[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]aol.com)