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    strike/strikes

    I wonder which sentence is correct.
    1. One of the things that strikes me about Twitter is how much it feels like a conversation in a pub.
    2. One of the things that strike me about Twitter is how much it feels like a conversation in a pub.

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    Re: strike/strikes

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder which sentence is correct.
    1. One of the things that strikes me about Twitter is how much it feels like a conversation in a pub.
    2. One of the things that strike me about Twitter is how much it feels like a conversation in a pub.
    The first sentence is correct. You can paraphrase it as follows: One thing that strikes me..... (A singular subject needs a singular verb.)

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    Re: strike/strikes

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Hello,
    I think this is a very interesting question.
    Probably both versions can be used.

    Let's say:
    Twitter has 10 features (example!).
    You like 9 features but you dislike 1 feature.
    One of the things that strikes me about...
    Here "that" refers to the one feature you dislike.

    But now let's say you dislike all 10 features.
    One of the things that strike me about...
    Here "that" refers to all the features (as a group) you dislike.

    Maybe I'm wrong yet I would like to know your opinions.

    Cheers!

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    Re: strike/strikes

    Maybe you can see the difference between the singular and the plural context if I use parentheses, thus:-

    1. One (of the things) that strikes me about Twitter is how much it feels like a conversation in a pub.
    2. One of the things (that strike me) about Twitter is how much it feels like a conversation in a pub.

    There's a subtle difference in meaning!

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