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    Default Verb: were vs. was

    Today's San Jose Mercury News:

    "For Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Bush's attempts during the first part of the speech to justify the war in Iraq was misleading when he noted that former United Nations weapons inspector ......"

    Is "was misleading" wrong?

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    Yes, personally I think it is. I would have used were there because attempts is in the plural.
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    Thanks Red5. Newspaper can be wrong too, but if they are quoting someone else, it should have a "(sic)" after the wrong place, I think. BMO

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    Indeed, using a (sic) would have made it clear that they were aware of the error.
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    Great. Thanks again. BMO

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    Default (sic)?

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    Indeed, using a (sic) would have made it clear that they were aware of the error.
    What exactly does (sic) mean? Is it an acronym or abbreviation of some sort?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzink
    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Indeed, using a (sic) would have made it clear that they were aware of the error.
    What exactly does (sic) mean? Is it an acronym or abbreviation of some sort?

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    sic
    adv.
    Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.

    From: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sic&r=67

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    Default Re: (sic)?

    sic is a Latin, I think it means something like "If it is wrong, let it be, we did not change anything." If a newspaper prints a ransom note, and there is a spelling error in the note, they probably would put a "(sic)" after the error.

    This is from a dictionary: adv. Latin Thus, so. Used in written texts to indicate... a word is not a mistake and is to be read as it stands." I think "a mistake" indicates that a mistake of the newspaper printing.

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    Default (sic)?

    Thanks! I've always wondered about that!

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