Sunday, August 30, 2009

Subject–Verb Agreement, Again and Again

This has to be the most persistent error in the Straits/Sunday Times — which, somewhat ironically, fancies itself as the standard-bearer of good English in Singapore and runs a website ridiculing other people’s bad English.

The plural verb characterise is wrong (Sunday Times Lifestyle, 30 August 2009). Make it characterises (singular), since it is inside a relative clause postmodifying the singular head noun friendliness.

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