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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    Which is the correct verb?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    A case can be made for both options.

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    I have changed your thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    Use "is" if you take "who" to refer to Jill. Use "are" if you take "who" to refer to the missing girls.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    My instant interpretation was that there are multiple missing girls, so are.

    I think it's very unlikely to be meant in the other way. In fact, I think it barely makes any sense at all. Do other members not agree?

    kohyoongliat, please tell us where you got this sentence.

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    I agree.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    I got it from one of my grammar books. I cannot remember which one.

    The answer provided is "are".

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    There are grammar books and grammar books.

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I got it from one of my grammar books. I cannot remember which one.

    The answer provided is "are".
    Welcome back, kohyoongliat. If you look through your thread here, you will find a variety of perspectives. Your thread was closed and reopened -- twice.

    Because you hadn't replied to, "liked," or clicked "thank" on any of the postings, it was assumed that you had no interest in the thread you had started.

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    I have to go with "is". Remove "of the girls".

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    Re: Jill is one of the girls who is/are missing.

    A simple reordering gives "Of the girls who are missing, one is Jill". "are" sounds most natural and grammatical to me.
    In both cases, you already have an "is" for Jill.

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