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    Default Verb Agreement Rules for Prescriptive Grammar?

    Can someone please help me with a homework question or point me to a website that would help me in this particular area. I’m having a hard time understanding it. Thanks.

    “The truth of the narratives have never been disputed;” “The virtue of these men and women, are indeed exemplary:” “A fondness for such distinctions, render a man ridiculous.”
    In each sentence, what does the verb agree with? What should it agree with?


    This chapter is on the rules of prescriptive grammar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoebeBB View Post
    Can someone please help me with a homework question or point me to a website that would help me in this particular area. I’m having a hard time understanding it. Thanks.

    “The truth of the narratives have never been disputed;” “The virtue of these men and women, are indeed exemplary:” “A fondness for such distinctions, render a man ridiculous.”
    In each sentence, what does the verb agree with? What should it agree with?


    This chapter is on the rules of prescriptive grammar.
    Here's how the sentences should go:
    The truth ... has
    The virtue ... is
    A fondness ... renders

    Here's how they do go (which is wrong):
    ... narratives have ...
    ... men and women, are ...
    ... distinctions, render ...

    Do you understand why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoebeBB View Post
    Can someone please help me with a homework question or point me to a website that would help me in this particular area. I’m having a hard time understanding it. Thanks.

    “The truth of the narratives have never been disputed;” “The virtue of these men and women, are indeed exemplary:” “A fondness for such distinctions, render a man ridiculous.”
    In each sentence, what does the verb agree with? What should it agree with?


    This chapter is on the rules of prescriptive grammar.
    The three examples can't possibly illustrate the rules of PREscriptive grammar. They're more like what supporters of DEscriptive grammar would consider to be acceptable. No grammarian supporting PREscriptive could possibly consider these examples to be correct.

    Are you sure your teacher isn't laying a trap for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    The three examples can't possibly illustrate the rules of PREscriptive grammar. They're more like what supporters of DEscriptive grammar would consider to be acceptable. No grammarian supporting PREscriptive could possibly consider these examples to be correct.

    Are you sure your teacher isn't laying a trap for you?
    I took it for an exercise. "Are these correct? If not, write them correctly."
    After all it is her homework (which we don't normally do here).

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    Default Re: Verb Agreement Rules for Prescriptive Grammar?

    what does the verb agree with? What should it agree with?

    Note that before each verb, there is a singular noun and either one, or two plural nouns. What does grammar prescribe that governs whether the verb is in the singular, or plural?

    The answers have been given to you. Can you understand the rule of grammar involved?

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