Monday, September 20, 2010

SubjectVerb Agreement

The verb were is wrong (Straits Times, 17 September 2010). 

Since the noun phrase the Singapore universities’ drop in rankings has a singular head noun drop, it needs to be followed by the singular verb was.


Ta Hoong said...

Anyone noticed the simple mistake in
"THE said the Singapore Universities' drop in rankings..."?

I have been looking out for grammatical errors in publications after reading your blog. I look forward to your next post!

The Grammar Terrorist said...

Hi, Ta Hoong!

Actually the 'THE' isn't a mistake; it stands for 'Times Higher Education', the body which did the rankings and published the report (in which NTU fell more than a hundred places in the space of a year!).

I think I have some older examples which I should be posting soon.

Take care,


Indah Wulandari said...

I'm Indah from Indonesia.
Nice to know you and your blog.
Now, I take faculty of education emphasis on English Studies. I hope I can learn from this blog :)
*please tell me if I make a mistake:)*

Indah Wulandari

The Grammar Terrorist said...

Hello, Indah! Thanks for dropping by. I hope you find this blog useful.

All the best,

Anonymous said...

Great post, I am almost 100% in agreement with you