Re: Help with sentence (plural verb)

Subject: Re: Help with sentence (plural verb)
From: Elsa Kapitan-White <kapitan-white -at- SUGAR-LAND -dot- OILFIELD -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 12:44:36 -0500

Sue Heim asks , which is correct:

>...more may be required if a high number of records *is* retrieved
>...more may be required if a high number of records *are* retrieved

I second Thom's choice that the first is correct. The second version
appears correct because the verb is separated from the subject in the
clause by the intervening plural "records." The quantity of a "high
number" has a singular context.

Elsa Kapitan-White <kapitan-white -at- SUGAR-LAND -dot- OILFIELD -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Schlumberger Oilfield Marketing Services
225 Schlumberger Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478
(713)275-7563, fax -8545


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