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.

5 comments:

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,

TGT

Indah Wulandari said...

Hi,
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,
TGT

Anonymous said...

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