Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One Of Those Problems...

I must be getting pretty obsessive if I cannot let even an error in a comic strip pass ...

But here goes. The first speech bubble should read: Mom, I never thought I’d be one of those parents who are always screaming no at her kids.

That’s because the speaker is One of X, where X is those parents who are always screaming no at her kids.

In grammatical terms, who are ... her kids is a relative clause, and the relative pronoun who refers, of course, to the plural head noun parents — hence it takes the plural are rather than singular is.

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