Agreement between verbs in main and dependent clauses


Consider this sentence I came across today in a news article:

They said they believe the strangers targeted them because they are transgender.

It would sound better to me if the "are" in the dependent clause were replaced by a "were." My feeling is that this kind of construction is supposed to capture the circumstances that existed at a particular point in time, so that the verbs should agree. Is this the case?

asked May 24 '14 at 12:42 Marc Merlin New member

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You're correct - the word should be 'were' because 'strangers' is plural. Good catch!



link comment answered May 26 '14 at 20:32 Karen OKeefe Contributor

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