Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 08:41:57 -0800
From: Allen Maberry maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: "One of the x that has/have"?
I might interpret the sentence a little differently:
On Tue, 7 Nov 1995, E. Wayles Browne wrote:
...but I remember a rule from my high school (prescriptive) English class.
For "One of the fictions" have/has the verb should be has because the
head noun (or simple subject) is "one." The plural in the prepositional
phrase does not serve as the controller for subject-verb agreement.
And why does it not, pray tell? Let's look at a couple of simpler scenarios.
1) I have three cats. One of them is sitting on the porch. He is named Tiger.
(The other two, let's say, are named Murka and Neko,
So I say: One of the cats that is sitting on the porch is named Tiger.
I would understand the sentence to imply that: there are cats on the porch,
some are sitting, one of the sitting cats is named Tiger.
For scenario 1 I think I would say simply "The cat that is sitting on the
porch is named Tiger."
Am I missing something?
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu