Re: Need immediate reply to a verb usage

Subject: Re: Need immediate reply to a verb usage
From: "Bergen, Jane" <janeb -at- ANSWERSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 14:53:51 -0500

Cassandra, for these examples, the answer depends on which form of
English you use. British English would count Intermead as a plural, as
in "Microsoft have . . " but American English would count it as a
singular noun, "Microsoft has...". Where are you? Where is Intermead?
And which audience are you writing for? These questions determine proper
usage.

Jane

Jane Bergen, Technical Writer
AnswerSoft, div of Davox Corp.
Richardson, TX, USA
(972) 997-8355

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Parker, Cassandra M. (EXCH) [mailto:CMPARKER -at- INTERMEDIA -dot- COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 1998 2:34 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Need immediate reply to a verb usage
>
>
> List Members,
>
> What is the rule for singular verb usage?
>
> EXAMPLES:
>
> Which is correct and why with the emphasis being on the verb?
>
> a. Intermead (which is the company name) reserve the right
> to refuse to
> answer any questions.
> b. Intermead (which is the company name) reserves the right to refuse
> to answer any questions.
>
> c. Intermead intend to contract only with the supplier of
> the selected
> proposal.
> d. Intermead intends to contract only with the supplier of
> the selected
> proposal.
>
> e. Intermead expect to execute an agreement with the
> selected supplier.
>
> f. Intermead expects to execute an agreement with the selected
> supplier.
>
> Unfortunately, I need an answer within the hour for a paper I am
> editing.
>
> Thanks in advance for your quick reply.
>
> C.M. Parker
>
>
> Cassandra M. Parker
> 829-6560

and it would be helpful to put an area code for your phone number, too.
While I'm on a roll here, I think it would be very appropriate for
EVERYONE to put some geographic reference in their signature lines if
they ask for responses. Sometimes it makes a very big difference.


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