Can't agree on the subject of this sentence
We are having a discussion about subject verb agreement. Is the subject "the power and portability" or "the new phone?" Obviously, this would make a difference on if I should use arrive or arrives for the verb.
Thanks for your help.
The power and portability of the new phone arrive today
The phrase "power and portabilty" is the subject. The object of a preposition, in this case "phone," can never be a subject.
I can't concur, however, with the answer suggesting that power and portability are inseparable, and thus indicate a singular subject matched with a singular verb. Awkward though it sounds, I hear a compound subject here: not one but two things are arriving in my phone today. If these two features - power and portability - were combined in all telephones, we wouldn't need two words to distinguish them. All phones have power, not all phones are portable. Thus I would favor:
The power and portability of the new phone arrived today.
To my ear, what makes the sentence awkward is not its grammar, but the implied personification of power and portability. I would probably rewrite this as:
The new phone arrived today, with its power and portability.
|link comment||answered Nov 12 '12 at 15:12 Jeffrey Pressman New member|
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