Singular or Plural? "Contact one of our ___ who ___, John Doe.
I'm confused. Which is the correct form of the verb in this sentence:
Contact one of our members who [specialises, specialise] in archery, John Doe.
Contact John Doe, one of our members who [specialises, specialise] in archery.
Does the adjective phrase refer to "one of our members" or "members"? Or are both forms correct in this case because they can be correctly interpreted either way?
The verb specialise has to agree with the pronoun who because that is the subject of that clause. To determine whether who is singular or plural, you have to look at the noun it is standing in for. That is one, which is definitely singular. "Of our members" is a prepositional phrase that tells you what kind of one.
Contact John Doe, one of our members who specializes in archery.
If you aren't convinced, delete "one of our members" from the sentence.
Contact John Doe who specializes in archery.
|link comment||answered May 26 '14 at 10:04 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
"S" is use in place of "z" for some English words in Australia (i.e. they follow British English instead of American).
I actually had the same opinion as you do. But my English Major sister confirmed that it should take a plural form because it modifies "lawyers" (not "one of our lawyers"). So I am really confused and will probably resort to just reformatting the entire sentence to get away from the vagueness.
|link||answered May 27 '14 at 00:48 Sandy New member|
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