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Dear Community,

The derelict old house across from the warehouses and the even more decrepit one just beside them have been placed on the list of historic Landmarks. I am really confused about that statement.Some books consider it correct while others say that have must be replaced with has. Please clarify the best answer with explanations.

Regards,

Rania

edited Nov 08 '11 at 14:25 Mariam New member

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Rania,

The confusion is in the use of "one" (singular indefinite pronoun) and the verbs "have been placed" (plural).  Since there are two houses then "have been placed" is needed.  Consider changing "one" to "house".  You could also re-write the sentence as follows:

 

Both houses, the one across from the warehouses and the one just beside them, have been placed on the list of historic landmarks. (insert your adjectives)

link answered Nov 08 '11 at 16:18 Jody M. Expert

Thank for your quick response, but you assumed that they are two houses, but what do you think of "Tthe derelict old house has been placed across from the ware houses and the even more decrepit one just beside them on the list of historic landmarks."? Can't it be correct. MariamNov 08 '11 at 18:07

In response to Miriam's comment and question, I didn't have to assume. There are two houses, a derelict one and a decrepit one. :) You wrote: "The derelict old house has been placed across from the warehouses and the even more decrepit one just beside them on the list of historic landmarks." Then you asked if it could be correct. I will explain why I do not believe it is correct. The first part of your sentence, "The derelict old house has been placed across from the warehouses..." tells me (the reader) that the house was taken from its original location and placed across from the warehouses. The original location of the house is across from the warehouses, where it still stands. The second part of your sentence, "... and the even more decrepit one just beside them on the list of historic landmarks." From this part of the sentence, I assume that if I were looking at the list of historic landmarks, I would find the decrepit house next to the warehouses. Did this help at all? Jody M.Nov 08 '11 at 18:50

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