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Friends, pls check this sentence and tell should there be "s" with the word "write" or not ? I'm confuse b'coz word after write is plural(books).
Sentence:I was referring to “common” folks who write books on personal accounts OR
I was referring to “common” folks who writes books on personal accounts
The word folk, when used as a noun, already expresses a collective plural number (of people). Adding an 's' to the end of the word, i.e. folks, is also common usage. Both words, however, are plural nouns and so must agree in kind with the given verb:
I was referring to “common” folks who write books on personal accounts.Note that there are idioms and common usages that demand the 's', i.e., folks:
I was referring to “common” folks who writes books on personal accounts.
My folks (i.e., parents) will be visiting.Without the 's' (i.e., folk) in the above three sentences, the word would "sound wrong" to the typical American ear.
Folks around here are very friendly.
That's all folks!
Your sentence, however, pairs the word folks with the adjective common -- a bit of a redundancy considering that the word folk(s) already carries with it the idea of "common people." (Perhaps this is why you placed the word common in quotes?) Nonetheless, common folk(s) is a common colloquialism.
Thus, for your sentence the word folk may be written with or without an 's':
I was referring to “common” folks who write books on personal accounts.Note that in either case the noun is plural and must agree in kind with its verb.
I was referring to “common” folk who write books on personal accounts.
Last edited by Monticello; 18-Apr-2009 at 22:00.
Thanks a lot everybody, especially teacher.