Monday, September 15, 2008

The Gap Have Narrowed [sic]

‘The gap between them and those paid by ez-link cards have since narrowed’ (Straits Times, 13 September 2008).

Make it has, since gap is the head noun and it is singular.

This is an exceedingly common mistake in the Straits Times, and so easily avoided if one were only to exercise a little extra care when writing a sentence with a complex noun phrase as subject.

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