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    serve or serves

    Which one is correct?

    There was recently a sudden change in the circumstances, which serve(s) as a cause for further investigation.

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    Re: serve or serves

    Quote Originally Posted by olleyao View Post
    Which one is correct?

    There was recently a sudden change in the circumstances, which serve(s) as a cause for further investigation.
    "...a sudden change, which serves..."

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    Re: serve or serves

    Quote Originally Posted by olleyao View Post
    Which one is correct?

    There was recently a sudden change in the circumstances, which serve(s) as a cause for further investigation.
    This is similar question to your one here. I am My first reaction is that the antecedent of 'which' is 'change', which would make the verb 'serves'. However, there is no guarantee of this.

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    Re: serve or serves

    Thank you! I never seemed to fully understand this.

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    Re: serve or serves

    Quote Originally Posted by olleyao View Post
    Thank you! I never seemed to fully understand this.
    It's the sort of thing that near-senile old teachers write to The Times about, deploring the lowering of standards. Most of us just don't worry; indeed, many of us would not even notice which form of the verb you used, particularly in speech. It's rarely significant; i.e., whichever you choose, the overall meaning doesn't normally change much.

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    Re: serve or serves

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    This is similar question to your one here. I am My first reaction is that the antecedent of 'which' is 'change', which would make the verb 'serves'. However, there is no guarantee of this.
    That was my first thought as well. I read it as not being the circumstances which serve as a cause for investigation, rather the change in circumstances which serves as the cause.


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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