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23rd Annual SF_Express "Stamp Out Respective/Respectively" Campaign

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SF_Express, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

  2. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    So, "There is a myriad of people who believe in" is, in fact, still wrong. Yes? Should be believes.
  3. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Yes. I was merely responding to shotty.

    It was post-race. I was tired. :D
  4. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Actually, I see it argued both ways, which is not at all surprising.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    To me, it's singular. A myriad believes. Myriad is the subject, not the people.

    But people always think it sounds weird when a plural is followed by a singular verb. It's definitely awkward at times, but still right.
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member


    Hank Williams doesn't use "respectively," but that doesn't mean he totally thinks Obama is Hitler in this statement.
  7. Lanky

    Lanky New Member

    The key, I think, is identifying the antecedent for "who." My read is that it's "people," making the plural verb the correct one.

    It's similar to the "one of those" constructions.

    "She is one of those people who like spinach."

    It sounds incorrect to those who think "like" goes with "one," but the plural verb is the proper choice.
  8. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    I just got very tired.
  9. Lanky

    Lanky New Member

    That happens to old men. Lie down. It will pass.
  10. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    You know me too well. Kvetch among yourselves.
  11. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    OK, one more, just because it has come up a lot this week and it drives me berserk.

    The NFL season is one-fourth complete, and seemingly every columnist, beat writer and radio guy is giving his analysis of the season "at the quarter pole."

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! First, anyone with even an inkling of knowledge about horse racing knows the quarter pole is a quarter-mile FROM THE FINISH LINE, not from the start. Plus, the quarter pole is a quarter-mile from the finish regardless of the race's distance, so it doesn't necessarily even mark that one-fourth of the race is left.

    If we don't know what something means can we please look it up before we say it? Or at least just not say it?
  12. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Now, if I followed that rule, I would be rendered mute for the rest of my life.
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