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    capabilities of this calculator makes

    The graphing capabilities of this calculator makes it possible to draw complex graphs [...]
    (Casio fx-9750G Plus [...] User's Guide)

    I suppose it should be make and if so, would you be so kind as to explain to me why would anyone make such kind of mistakes here?

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    Re: capabilities of this calculator makes

    It should be 'make'. People who make that kind of mistake are misled by the proximity of the singular 'calculator'.

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    Re: capabilities of this calculator makes

    Thank you Piscean!
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It should be 'make'. People who make that kind of mistake are misled by the proximity of the singular 'calculator'.
    So, is it true then that for people who make this kind of mistake the actual complexity of the sentence or whether, using as an example the sentence in question, 'capabilities of' is remote from 'make' or whether it is only one or two words away might not play as big of a factor in deciding whether to use a singular or plular form of the verb as the proximity of the singular 'calculator'?

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    Re: capabilities of this calculator makes

    Yes.

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    Re: capabilities of this calculator makes

    Casio appears to be headquartered in Japan.

    This simple mistake is one of the more forgiveable errors common in English versions of instruction manuals from that part of the world.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Oct-2015 at 23:59.

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    Re: capabilities of this calculator makes

    It is common to make mistakes like that when writing. The problem here is more the proofreading IMO. And as this would slip through many grammar checks on a computer, this sort of thing slips in. If you want to know what kind of person makes this mistake and why, I'd say an ordinary person- it smacks of careless typing rather than ignorance to me.

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