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    help with s/v

    Please help with this sentence:

    John is one of 20 fisherman who supply fish to local villagers.

    Would this be supply or supplies? What is the rule?


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    Re: help with s/v

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan H View Post
    Please help with this sentence:

    John is one of 20 fisherman who supply fish to local villagers.

    Would this be supply or supplies? What is the rule?
    Well you can write the sentence differently to check.

    They supply fish to the local villagers.

    It wouldn't be "they supplies fish...."

    I'd go with supply.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: help with s/v

    Correction:

    John is one of 20 fishermen who supply fish to local villagers.

    Would this be supply or supplies? What is the rule?


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    Re: help with s/v

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan H View Post
    Correction:

    John is one of 20 fishermen who supply fish to local villagers.

    Would this be supply or supplies? What is the rule?
    The sentence refers to 20 fishermen supplying fish to a local village.

    "20 fisherman" can be expressed as "they" - they supply fish.. 20 fishermen supply fish.

    I/you/we/they supply.

    She/John/it supplies.

    The rule is known as "adding the third person 's'". When referring to somone/something in the 3rd person, the verb takes an "s" - in this case the "y" is removed and "ies" is added.

    1st, 2nd person and plural all take the base form of the verb.
    Last edited by colloquium; 22-Jun-2008 at 22:20.

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    Re: help with s/v

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan H View Post
    Please help with this sentence:

    John is one of 20 fisherman who supply fish to local villagers.

    Would this be supply or supplies? What is the rule?

    John is one of the 20 fishermen who supplies fish to the local villagers.

    I supply
    You supply
    She/he/it supplies
    we supply
    you supply
    They supply

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    Re: help with s/v

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan H View Post
    Please help with this sentence:

    John is one of 20 fisherman who supply fish to local villagers.

    Would this be supply or supplies? What is the rule?
    i am just a student.
    i think if you take "is one of 20 fisherman who" out of the sentence, it still will convey its main idea.
    it would became "john suplies fish to local people".
    i would rephrase it as "john suplies fish to local people and he's one of the 20 fishermen who does it."
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    #7

    Re: help with s/v

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan H View Post
    Please help with this sentence:

    John is one of 20 fisherman who supply fish to local villagers.

    Would this be supply or supplies? What is the rule?
    '

    'John is one of the twenty fishermen' -singular.

    John is one of the twenty fishermen who supplies fish to local villagers.

    Regards,
    rj1948.




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    Re: help with s/v

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
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    'John is one of the twenty fishermen' -singular.

    John is one of the twenty fishermen who supplies fish to local villagers.

    Regards,
    rj1948.

    But is the pronoun "who" referring to just "John" or the whole group?

    I read it as the latter of the two.

    John is one of the 20 fishermen who as a group supply fish to the local villagers.

    The original sentence doesn't single John out as supplying fish, it names him as part of a group who supply fish.

    They both sound grammatically correct to me, but I feel inclined to choose "supply". Perhaps they aren't and I'm completely wrong.

    I'd like to hear what other people think.


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    Re: help with s/v

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    But is the pronoun "who" referring to just "John" or the whole group?

    I read it as the latter of the two.

    John is one of the 20 fishermen who as a group supply fish to the local villagers.

    The original sentence doesn't single John out as supplying fish, it names him as part of a group who supply fish.

    They both sound grammatically correct to me, but I feel inclined to choose "supply". Perhaps they aren't and I'm completely wrong.

    I'd like to hear what other people think.
    I agree:

    20 fisherman supply fish to the village
    There are 20 fishermen who supply fish to the village.
    John is one of 20 fishermen who supply fish to the village.

    But:

    John, who is one of 20 fishermen, supplies fish to the village.

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