singular debris?

Mike Salovesh t20mxs1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Fri Jul 23 08:32:05 UTC 1999

"Dennis R. Preston" wrote:
> For real speakers, agreement is much more often with the "sense" than with
> the traditional form. "A gob of guys are in the other room." I would have
> to be threatened to say "A gob of guys is..." (to agree with singular
> "gob").
> dInIs (not always a real speaker, having been successfully thrreatened from
> time to time)

Maybe, but the following feels comfortable to me:

"There is (alternate: there's) a gob of guys in the next room."

In this construction, *"there are" just ain't me, whether I'm being real
or reverting to my native language, Platform English.

--  mike salovesh             <salovesh at>        PEACE !!!

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