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    Grammatical error

    Is this sentence correct? If not, correct it.
    Each one of the Councillors puts forwards the problems of their wards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chachcha View Post
    Is this sentence correct? If not, correct it.
    Each one of the Councillors puts forwards the problems of their wards.
    As a native I would more likely say:

    Each one of the councillors put forward the problems of their wards.

    But if 'wards' is referring to a hospital ward, I would be inclined to say:

    Each one of the councillors put forward the problems on their wards.

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    Re: Grammatical error

    If you have a request for help, it would be nice if you said "Please" and didn't order us to "Correct it."

    "Each" takes "puts", so it's "each puts forward" (no S on "forward") whether you have "of the councillors" or not. I also wouldn't capitalize.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you have a request for help, it would be nice if you said "Please" and didn't order us to "Correct it."
    Plus do not forget to thank the helper for his/her precious time (s)he offered to you with the sole intention of sorting out no one else but your own problem. Thank him or her irrespective of whether his or her comments are helpful to you or not. "Do not look a gift horse in the mouth," or what they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    As a native I would more likely say:

    Each one of the councillors put forward the problems of their wards.

    But if 'wards' is referring to a hospital ward, I would be inclined to say:

    Each one of the councillors put forward the problems on their wards.
    Now, I understand nothing. How come someone is a native and says 'put' is right here? The more I read this forum the less I think I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Now, I understand nothing. How come someone is a native and says 'put' is right here? The more I read this forum the less I think I know
    ***NOT A TEACHER***mmasny, (1) Perhaps the confusion lies in the tense. If the sentence is talking about the past, then every native speaker would say use "put" (because "put" is the past of "put." (2) But if the sentence is talking about something that the councillors do every day, then most books would suggest that you use "puts" because it agrees with "each one." On the other hand, some native speakers (especially in fast conversation) will say "put" because the word "councillors" makes a bigger impression on their minds than did th first words ("each one"). I'm pretty sure that most teachers would advise you to follow the rule: "each one" = singular = "puts." Thank you.


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    Re: Grammatical error

    "put forward" = put forward definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta

    The Councillors put forward their views of the problems relating to their wards [the political region/division of a community that a councillor represents on a council]

    Each councillor puts forward a view of the problems relating to the represented ward.


    In this context I think "each one of" is unnecessary. "Each" is enough.

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    If the sentence is intended to be in the past tense then "put" is correct, but there is nothing to suggest that intention.

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    Re: Grammatical error

    You're absolutely right -- I didn't consider the past tense, but that would, of course, make "put" correct.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Now, I understand nothing. How come someone is a native and says 'put' is right here? The more I read this forum the less I think I know
    Me too!

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