Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 07:52:11 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: "One of the x that has/have"? Bracket this: 'This is the only one of the fictions which has/*have caused us any trouble at all' (as opposed to ' of those dictions which have...). It seems clear to me that 'semantic' facts can indeed 'disrupt' the over-simple prescriptivist rule. The 'only' addition demands singular agreeemnt Dennis Preston >BETHANY DUMAS 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." >> >>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? >> > >New Yorker is slipping. > >On this subject, a lawyer friend has suggested that since the U.S. >Constitution bars >titled persons from holding political office, that Colin Powell is ineligible >for having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth. > >--- > >Y'all again: > >I was walking with another man a few days ago when an older, black man asked: >"Would one of y'alls help me with this?" > >Seth Sklarey >Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word >Coconut Grove, FL