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    Default singular verb or plural verb

    1. Tom is one of those people who is always late for work.
    2. Tom is one of those people who are always late for work.
    3. Here’s one of the grammar rules that makes me confused.
    4. Here’s one of the grammar rules that make me confused.

    In sentences 1 and 2, I think the “who” modifies “people” but not “one”, so we should use “are.” In sentences 3 and 4, I think the “that” modifies “rules” but not “one”, so we should use “make.” Am I correct?

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    Default Re: singular verb or plural verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    4. Here’s one of the grammar rules that make me confused.
    wouldn't it be better to say, here's a grammar rule that confuses me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. Tom is one of those people who is always late for work.
    Wouldn't it be better to say, Tom is one of those people who's always late for work

    Sorry I had to make two posts. I was sure of the answer, but then I question myself. However, I'm sure the two answers are correct

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    Default Re: singular verb or plural verb

    [QUOTE=Winwin2011;977017]1. Tom is one of those people who is always late for work.
    2. 1. My hobby is cooking.
    2A purist would say:

    2. Tom is one of those people who are always late for work.
    4. Here’s one of the grammar rules that make me confused.
    However, many native speakers will use the singular form.
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    Default Re: singular verb or plural verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Kojak Peg View Post
    Wouldn't it be better to say, "Here's a grammar rule that confuses me"?
    Kojak Peg - Please remember that learners on this site will assume that posts from native speakers/teachers are correctly written. Bearing that in mind, please make sure you use appropriate capitalisation and punctuation in your posts to set a good example. Thanks.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: singular verb or plural verb

    Kojak Peg, Please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post. Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice house the kind of information an international language teacher would offer. If not, and your posts do not contribute to the topic in a positive way, they will be subject to deletion.

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