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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 30 18:39:27 EST 2016

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 12:14 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> On 30 December 2016 at 00:25 Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>      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"?
I've just heard on reality TV,

"Anybody who *could* be out there _*were*_ out there!"

and there's no plural, thereby occluding the reality of (2). But the
speaker was being interrogated by the cops, so...

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.
-Mark Twain

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