Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 21:05:26 -0500 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" 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 her soul. How about it? Is the NYorker slipping? Or am I? Bethany Dumas