Agreement question

Lisa O'Brien lisasmiles123 at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 18 21:32:15 UTC 2002

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>From: Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Agreement question
>Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 13:00:56 -0400
>On Fri, Oct 18, 2002 at 12:53:25PM -0400, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
> >Of course "the stories the team tell" or "the stories the jury tell"
> >are perfectly good English in some varieties, so I'd go for the
> >plural sense rather than the 's' business.
>Yes, but at least in my variety of English, and the idiolects of
>others I've asked, "the stories the press tell" is more
>acceptable than "the stories the team tell", however acceptable
>the latter might be in other varieties. So I'm looking for some
>explanation of why there's this discrepancy.
>Jesse Sheidlower

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