Media Word Usage

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Re: Media Word Usage

Post by Rasputin » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:28 am

I agree it's literal, so not incompatible with the supposed rule. I think it's stretching things to say it follows it though, because we don't even know whether the author had ever heard of any such rule, let alone whether he had adopted it. It follows it only in the sense that it follows the rule "every sentence must end in a word beginning with f"- we have to look beyond this one sentence to see whether there is any support for the existence of such a rule in the output of this one author, or in the English language generally.

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Re: Media Word Usage

Post by gitgeezer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:29 pm

The mainstream media should have no excuses for grammatical errors, with their experienced reporters and staff of editors, yet errors are not hard to find. Here's one from an article in this morning's Associated Press offerings:

"Fletcher is one of several lawyers who has represented Knight…"

The correct form, of course, is "have represented." The error is in thinking that "Fletcher" or "one" is the antecedent of "who", therefore "has represented." But the correct antecedent is "several lawyers," therefore "several lawyers who have represented."

However, add "the only" to the sentence and the antecedent becomes "one," making the singular verb correct:

"Fletcher is the only one of several lawyers who has represented Knight…."

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Re: Media Word Usage

Post by Andrew Fryer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:29 pm

Beware of assuming any established author has faultless English.
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Re: Media Word Usage

Post by amezcua » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:35 pm

"That`s some hair splitting tautology going on right there ". Does anyone recognise that currently familiar pattern of words ?

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