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    Question The use of the verb in sentences with " one of "

    Hello everyone!

    I know that with the expression like "one of the things " , verb should be in singular, as the noun before " of "is singular . For ex, " One of the things is about trying new facilities".

    However, I have a question regarding the form of verb in the following sentence: (Since I had an argument with a friend of mine)

    - Germany is one of the countries which defines the future economy of EU.

    In this particular sentence , as far as I know the verb should be in 3rd form. Doesn't "which " belong to Germany here?

    Can anyone pls tell me which version would be right.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: The use of the verb in sentences with " one of "

    Define should be plural. This becomes clear if you re-order the sentence: Of the countries which define the future economy of the EU, Germany is one.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 28-Feb-2016 at 15:22. Reason: It's plural.
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    Re: The use of the verb in sentences with " one of "

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Madina:

    This question is often asked at many grammar helplines.

    There are some teachers who could justify "decide," and there are some teachers who could justify "decides."

    Of course, it is not my place to say who is correct.

    *****

    This is how many books explain it. I personally feel that it makes common sense. It is your right to accept or reject it.

    I have made up this sentence:

    Mr. Smith is one of those teachers who are always courteous and humble.

    Mr. Smith is one of what? Answer: of those teachers.
    What kind of teachers? Answer: who are always courteous and humble.

    As you can see, "who" refers to "teachers" -- not to "one."

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    Kindly remember: in American English, teachers have traditionally suggested only "that" for defining clauses:

    "Germany is one of the countries that define the future of the EU."


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    Please compare:

    "Mr. Smith is the only one (of the teachers) who has red hair."

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    Re: The use of the verb in sentences with " one of "

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Define should be singular. This becomes clear if you re-order the sentence: Of the countries which define the future economy of the EU, Germany is one.
    'Define' there is the form that follows plural subjects. It's not 'singular'.

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    Re: The use of the verb in sentences with " one of "

    That's the second time I've made the same mistake recently, both before coffee in the morning. I've corrected my post and will proofread more carefully.
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    Re: The use of the verb in sentences with " one of "

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That's the second time I've made the same mistake recently, both before coffee in the morning.
    Anybody who attempts to do anything before at least one strong shot of caffeine in the morning should be banned from this site for at least one lifetime.

    Caffeine is third in the list, behind only nicotine and alcohol, in the top five essentials of functional life. Air and water trail dismally behind in fourth and fifth position.

    ps. Don't worry about it. If anybody ever gathered together and published all the careless slips I have made on this and other forums, I'd be the laughing stock of the internet.
    Last edited by Piscean; 28-Feb-2016 at 15:46. Reason: ps added

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