Re: Help with sentence structure...

Subject: Re: Help with sentence structure...
From: Peggy Schillinger <peggys -at- STLNET -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 12:57:11 -0600

Of these two possibilities:

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

the first item is grammatically correct because it is the "number" that
is the subject of the verb. You have used "records" in a prepositional
phrase, so it can't be the subject of a verb at the same time.

Maybe if you restated the sentence to "many records are retrieved" or
"more than nnn records are retrieved," you would feel easier about this
sentence.


Regards....Peggy Schillinger


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