Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Only/singular


    • Join Date: Sep 2006
    • Posts: 48
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Only/singular

    1. He is one of the men who have worked on the bridge.

    2. He is the only one of the men who has worked on the bridge.

    Are both sentences correct? When only precedes one, does the auxiliary verb in the relative clause become singular?

    Thank you.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,425
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Only/singular

    In each sentence, the relative pronoun 'who' refers to 'men', which is plural, and hence the plural verb.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 812
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Only/singular

    CooklavaOnly/singular
    1. He is one of the men who have worked on the bridge.

    2. He is the only one of the men who has worked on the bridge.



    I.These two sentences mean the same?
    II. Does "has" in the second sentence modify "only one" ?
    Please.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,425
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Only/singular

    1. He is one of the men who have worked on the bridge.

    2. He is the only one of the men who has worked on the bridge.

    I.These two sentences mean the same?
    II. Does "has" in the second sentence modify "only one" ?


    2 is incorrect. It should be:
    He is only one of the men who have worked on the bridge.
    As I said in the first post, the verb relates back to 'men' and so is plural.

    The two sentences have different meanings.
    1. you are pointing out a man, and identifying him as one of the men who worked on the bridge
    2 The emphasis here is not so much on the man referred to, but that he is just one of many men who worked on the bridge. Say, the men who worked on the bridge sustained a great many injuries. You point to this particular man who has lost a leg as his injury, and say, Yes, and he's only one of the men who worked on the bridge. Some men lost both legs, and some were even killed.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 812
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: Only/singular

    Is it must to omit " the " before " only one" in the sentence? Please.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •