Re: job-hunt weirdness (Gene Kim-Eng)

Subject: Re: job-hunt weirdness (Gene Kim-Eng)
From: Janet Littell <jlittell -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 12:23:04 -0400

I wonder if Michael's original remark was based on both meanings
below. If so, either "has" or "have" could do the job.

> From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
> Subject: Re: job-hunt weirdness
> My impression of this "tedious argument" is that Michael is not the
> one who
> started it.
> Collective nouns are one of the major hair-pullers of the English
> language.
> They may be either singular or plural, depending on what message the
> user
> intends to deliver. My interpretation of Michael's "years have" was
> that he had
> learned a lesson from repeated observations of other peoples' poor
> use of
> grammar over a period of years, while your preferred "years has"
> would have
> suggested to me that he had spent those years continuously studying
> the subject
> before coming to his conclusion. Perhaps Michael can tell us which
> he intended.
> For my part, I would rather spend an evening listening to Norm
> Crosby recordings
> than try to correct someone else's usage of a collective noun
> without a stack of
> academic references in my hand.
> Gene Kim-Eng


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