Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 08:41:57 -0800 From: Allen Maberry 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, > respectively.) > 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? Allen maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]