During going through the polls, I came across this sentence:
One of the main problems that ____ down progress.... slow 30.97 % (109) slows 61.65 % (217) Either 7.39 % (26)
I think either can be used:
WITH SLOW: slow is the part of the phrase 'the main problems that slow down progress'....
WITH SLOWS: slows refers to the problem, which is implied by the word 'one'
Am I right? What is your opinion about it?
Last edited by tom3m; 27-Jul-2012 at 12:24. Reason: syntax
However, if a teacher is pedantic enough to want to test this, then s/he should accept only 'slow'.
Last edited by tom3m; 27-Jul-2012 at 20:04. Reason: typos
There is no ambiguity.
One of the problems that slow(s) ____ down progress is....
Whether the speaker says 'slow' or 'slows', it is fairly clear that there are several problems that slow down progress, and that s/he is about to tells us one of them. The verb should be plural, but some people concentrate on the 'one' and use the singular form.
If there is only one problem that slows down progress, the speaker will say something like:
One problem that slows down progress is ...
The situation in the sentence below is different:
There are different problems facing the industry . One (of the problems) that slows down progress is ...; one that causes environment problems is ...; etc
Last edited by 5jj; 27-Jul-2012 at 20:23. Reason: mistake corrected
The verb should be singular, but some people use the plural form because of the proximity of the plural noun.' and in the previous quote - 'However, if a teacher is pedantic enough to want to test this, then s/he should accept only 'slow.' so may I hear the final statement which one (if not both) of them is grammatical/'correct' if we know that it continues with is?