Re: IS or ARE

Subject: Re: IS or ARE
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:20:45 -0700

I wouldn't know. The "rule" was, "Please no suggestions to rewriting or context, or needing more information...I have no choice than to use one of them the way it is and it goes out tomorrow, so I have a limited option for battles." It seemed easiest to me to do a minor rewrite and remove the "to be" sense of "is/are given," rather than try to decide between is and are. I don't envy John, right now.

If I was in that position and could not remove the is/are conundrum from the sentence, then I would probably just go with "is," delete "of," and leave work early. So, make "two months" a qualifier rather than a quantity as, "Two months free service is given to a current customer." It sucks. Right?


On 7/25/2012 7:27 AM, Joyce -dot- Fetterman -at- L-3com -dot- com wrote:

Lauren wrote:
"I would change to "A current customer receives two months of free
service." That rewrite is better for grammar and for marketing because
it puts the customer first rather than placing the provider of service
first."


"A current customer"? Which one? How will a current customer be chosen
from among all of the current customers?

<ducking>
Joyce



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References:
IS or ARE: From: John Posada
Re: IS or ARE: From: Lauren
RE: IS or ARE: From: Joyce . Fetterman

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