Grammer & Usage


Kindly read the below line which I picked up from a newspaper & clear my doubts following the sentence:


The only silver of hope that the Taliban have offered the U.S is the declaration that they "would not allow anyone to threaten the security of other countries from the soil of Afganistan", which is being read as a sign of its readiness to jettison Al Qaeda.



1) "The only silver of hope that the Taliban have offered the U.S"

      a) Why is the Taliban considered as a plular entity?

      b) What is wrong if I use 'to' as like 'the Taliban have offered to the U.S' ?


2) the declaration that they "would not allow...."

      a) Why 'they' is not included within inverted commas?

asked Jun 21 '13 at 15:23 Din Dayal Lihla New member

1 answer


1a: The plural of Talib is the Taliban;  that is why we say the Taliban have;  but later in the sentence, its should of course be their.   Why Taliban?  Because, for now at least, we have adopted the original Arabic word;

1b: You can offer to do something,  but you offer someone a present;

2 : In this case, they is marginally better inside the quotation marks but it is not wrong outside, either.

Typing errors:   sliver, Afghanistan, U.S...........and grammar.


I hope this helps.

link edited Jun 21 '13 at 18:38 Michael Cranfield Expert

Thanks a lot Michael for an awesome explanation.

Din Dayal LihlaJul 01 '13 at 14:37

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