Re: Nit picky grammar question

Subject: Re: Nit picky grammar question
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 11:39:35 -0800 (PST)

--- Christine -dot- Anameier -at- seagate -dot- com wrote:
>
> Re: "Where are your headquarters?" vs. "Where is your headquarters?"
>
> I don't think grammatical correctness is the real issue here. Reader
> distraction is. Whether you choose "is" or "are," many of your
> readers are going to stumble over the phrase and wonder whether it's
> correct.

Not withstanding the excellent suggestions to reword the sentence to
remove the question as an issue, it seems to me that this is one of
those grammatical differences between British English and American
English. The first sentence seems to me grammatically correct and
accurate in American English; the second reads like it is British
English. (Or perhaps I have that backwards <g>.)

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Tom Murrell
Lead Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems
Columbus, Ohio
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com
Personal Web Page - http://home.columbus.rr.com/murrell/

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