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Dear all members,
(1) Digital clocks tell the time with a set of numerals which appear /appears in a little window. ( which is right?)
(2)...............one of the planets which is /are.............(which is right?)
Please explain them to me with many examples.
The answer may not be so simple as it at first seemed. Consider this example:
The earth is one of the nine planets that are revolving around the sun.
I don't think we should use "is" as the anaphoric reference here is not "one", but "the nine planets". Isn't it?
[Neptune is one of] [the planets which are further from the sun than Earth is.]
One [of the planets which have rings] is Saturn. (my preference) or
One [of the planets] which has rings is Saturn.
1. could also be read as:
a set of [numerals which appear in a little window] or
a set [of numerals] which appears in a little window.
I think it's a grammatical variant of the optical illusion where one person sees a vase, and another sees two faces looking at each other.
Last edited by Raymott; 07-Apr-2010 at 10:03.
I think if you consider ‘a set of numerals’ which is collective noun phrase, as a single unit, then it is singular and agrees with a singular verb; as:
Aryabhatta invented a set of numerals that is now used by people all over the world
There is a flock of birds peacefully pecking seeds under a tree
Similarly, the phrase ‘one of the (plural noun)’ can be treated as singular; as:
This is one of the best films of 2009 which has won several Oscar awards.
Pistachio is one of the few flavors that appeals to me