Agreement question

Lisa O'Brien lisasmiles123 at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 18 21:32:26 UTC 2002

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>From: "Joanne M. Despres" <jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Agreement question
>Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 13:44:42 -0400
> > I'm thinking that it might be the influence of the -s ending
> > of _press,_ which, though not a plural ending, might suggest
> > plurality enough that "The stories the press tell are shaped..."
> > doesn't seem obviously wrong.
> >
>The influence of the -s ending was exactly what ran through my head
>as I read through your post, though maybe it's the combination of the -s
>AND the notional plurality of the noun AND the grammatical plurality
>of the inverted direct object that do the trick; taken together, they
>throw my brain into enough confusion to let the solecism slip by
>unnoticed.  I suppose there must be a limit to one's linguistic short-
>term memory just as there is to one's mathematical memory (as,
>for example, when you're quoted too many numbers to remember).
>Joanne Despres

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