Re: Help with sentence structure...

Subject: Re: Help with sentence structure...
From: Kathy Fisher <kdfisher -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 04:48:07 -0800

Sue Heim wrote:

> I swear my brain has decided to turn off today. Which of the
> following 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>


Sue,

The correct choice is:

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

The subject in this clause is "number," which of course, is singular. A
complete sentence could be formed by saying, "Number is retrieved" --
where "number" is the subject and "is retrieved" is the predicate or
verb.
--
Kathy Fisher
Technical/Business Writing, Editing, Proposals, Manuals, Desktop
Publishing
http://members.aol.com/KDFisher/kdfisher-index.html


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