Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 01:29:42 -0500 From: Bob Haas 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." > Bethany, 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. Bob Haas University of North Carolina at Greensboro rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]