LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||04/MAI/2004 4:13 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: food for thought|
Dei uma pesquisada no The Grammar Book (Marianne Celce-Murcia & Diane Larsen Freeman), pág.66, e o resultado é este:
The example given is similar to the one presented in the book:
“I am one of those who favor(s) equal rights.”
It involves a relative clause - “... who (favor or favors) equal rights”.
The authors say that traditional grammars maintain that plural (“favor”) is the correct answer as its antecedent (subject) is “those” (plural).
BUT, still according to the authors, recent surveys show that native speakers prefer the agreement with “one” (sing - favors), and they suggest that traditional grammar rule should “be revised to reflect actual use more accurately”.
Consequently, you may even say that both alternatives are correct: I am one of the few people who know (agreement with “those” and according to traditional grammars) & I am one of the few people who knows (agreement with “one” and according to the majority of native speakers). It will depend on you.
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