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    Hi all, having a debate over whether the word lead(s) applies to the plural "Guests" in this sentence or the singular "This". Please ignore the fact that Guests is capitalised, it's policy. I won't say which is my choice!

    Option A

    - This will lead to happier Guests which, of course, leads to more bookings for you.

    Option B

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    This will lead to happier Guests which, of course, lead to more bookings for you.

    Thanks for the help!
    Last edited by wear_my_socks; 17-May-2013 at 18:56.

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    Default Re: lead or leads?

    Welcome to the forums, wear_my_socks.

    The idea is that you must first say which is your choice and why.

    We will then be glad to comment.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-May-2013 at 18:04.

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    Default Re: lead or leads?

    Thanks very much!

    Mine is Option B. Why? I believe there is an implied subject change from 'This' to 'Guests' in the latter clause.

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    Default Re: lead or leads?

    Quote Originally Posted by wear_my_socks View Post
    Thanks very much!

    Mine is Option B. Why? I believe there is an implied subject change from 'This' to 'Guests' in the latter clause.
    Option A is correct.

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    Default Re: lead or leads?

    For me there is a subtle but significant different between the two sentences. If This = 1, Guests = 2 and bookings =3:

    For me, Option A says 1 leads to 2 and therefore 1 also leads to 3,

    while Option B says 1 leads to 2 and 2 leads to 3.

    If that makes sense.

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    Default Re: lead or leads?

    I agree that option A is correct. The subject is the singular "this". The test is to get rid of "will lead to happier Guests which, of course,". That leaves you with "This leads to more bookings for you".

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    Yeah I get that. What I was going for could be extended as: "This will lead to happier Guests; and happier Guests will, of course, lead to more bookings for you."

    As I said, slightly different. Is the way I wrote it just plain wrong? No matter how many times I read it back to myself I still think it's correct. I'll of course bow to consensus if I'm outnumbered, but B still reads right to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wear_my_socks View Post
    Yeah I get that. What I was going for could be extended as: "This will lead to happier Guests; and happier Guests will, of course, lead to more bookings for you."

    As I said, slightly different. Is the way I wrote it just plain wrong? No matter how many times I read it back to myself I still think it's correct. I'll of course bow to consensus if I'm outnumbered, but B still reads right to me.
    That would be: This will lead to happier Guests who, of course, lead to more bookings for you.

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    Default Re: lead or leads?

    I would use A too. For me, it refers to "This" (the situation which led to happier guests).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-May-2013 at 09:34.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Thanks all.

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