What is the head in the noun phrase between parentheses?
(One of the three nominees) receives the Noble Price.
we were divided into three groups today during my grammar class. The 1st group says "one" is the head but the problem that " one" is by definition can only be a premodifier. the 2nd group says that " nominees" is the head but the problem is the tense "s" of the singular. The third group is me and my teacher we said that both propositions are wrong and we don't know where is the head
I know that only one of the nominees receives the Nobel Prize
However your answer or suggestion is not logical as I have studies that the head can only be 1- one word (e.g: He) or 2- multiple head (e.g:the new chair and table)
In addition to that ,by definition "one" can only be a premodifer and never part of the head
It is tricky, right!!!
What do you think?
Any help guys
I need Soup here
1. One of the nominees...
I wonder whether we can take "one" as a substitute pronoun here (with the sense "a nominee"), and "of the nominees" (i.e. "among the nominees") as a post-modifier.
Not a professional ESL teacher.