This is a subject-verb agreement / pronoun function question

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This is a 2-part Subject-Verb Agreement question;

 

I am wondering if the word 'that' is functioning as a relative pronoun, or as a subordinating conjunction in the following sentence; 

 

"The fact that historians have caused so many atrocities have caused some historians to adopt a cynical perspective on human nature."   

 

I ran this sentence in the grammar checker and it came up as error-free, but I am thinking that there is a subject-verb error in that the sentence should state; "...atrocities has caused some historians...."   

 

Any feedback on these two issues is appreciated.     Angus

asked Mar 09 '13 at 21:13 Philip MacIsaac New member

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Since it introduces the subordinate clause, I would call it a conjunction. You are right about the subject - verb agreement, 'fact has caused'.

link comment answered Mar 09 '13 at 21:35 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I agree with Lewis that it should be has caused.

 

But have historians really caused atrocities?  News to me...

link answered Mar 09 '13 at 23:50 Shawn Mooney Expert

I never really got to the context. Tunnel vision. I did nail the one with the acceleration equation the other day, though.

Lewis NeidhardtMar 10 '13 at 00:58

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