[Ads-l] "A _team_ of UC Davis students _are_..."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 29 19:25:46 EST 2016

1) Creeping Britspeak?

2) Operation of the innovation that the number of the verb is controlled by
the number of the closest noun preceding the verb - "students" - and not by
the number of the subject - "team"?

Since the author later writes

"... the UC Davis _team seeks_ ..."

wherein the *singular* subject immediately precedes the verb and not the
*plural* object of a preposition, the answer is very likely (2).

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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