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    With "s" or Without "s"

    Which is correct? please i need an explanation

    One of my coworker is a grammar expert

    Or

    One of my coworkers is a grammar expert

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: With "s" or Without "s"

    i dont know

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    #3

    Re: With "s" or Without "s"

    Quote Originally Posted by bmrustia View Post
    Which is correct? please i need an explanation

    One of my coworker is a grammar expert

    Or

    One of my coworkers is a grammar expert(

    Thank you in advance.

    you can send me an email: bmrustia@yahoo.com
    In the partitive structure as "one of + plural nouns", the verb agrees with "one" and not the plural nouns after the particle "of".
    (Not a teacher.)


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    Re: With "s" or Without "s"

    I need further explanation about this, coworker or coworkers, i think it has nothing to do with verb subject agreement, please help me

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    Re: With "s" or Without "s"

    Think of it this way,

    Ex: I have many coworkers and one coworker is a grammar expert.

    Ex: I have many coworkers and one coworker in that group / one of my coworkers /one of them is a grammar expert.


    Does that help?

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    Re: With "s" or Without "s"

    It's very simple and evident when you reduce the object to a pronoun.

    One of my coworkers is an expert on grammar.(I don't know that there is such a thing as a "grammar expert").

    The sentence can be reduced to:

    "One of them is an expert." (them, plural. Hence, "coworkers")

    When we say "one of..." it is always followed by a plural object, otherwise, we couldn't say "one of", now could we?

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    #7

    Re: With "s" or Without "s"

    Quote Originally Posted by bmrustia View Post
    I need further explanation about this, coworker or coworkers, i think it has nothing to do with verb subject agreement, please help me
    Wrong: it is a matter of subject - verb agreement .
    One is the subject of your sentence.
    Of coworkers is an attribute.

    One + verb in the singular:

    One ........is a grammar expert.

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