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  1. use2bomb
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    Singular or Plural

    A recent issue in Hongkong newspaper, someone said :
    "It is important that our leaders write proper English which befits their status and sets a good example for our society."

    However, the editor of the newspaper thought that it should be
    "It is important that our leaders write proper English which befits their status and ***set*** a good example for our society."

    It had been put into local forum and the vote was 50-50, so what do native English speakers think?


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    Re: Singular or Plural

    'sets'

    1 (use of proper English)...which befits their status and which sets an example.

    Otherwise
    2. ...befits their status, and so set a good example for our society.
    Here, 'set' refers back to the plural 'leaders'.

    Without the 'so':
    "befits their status and set a good example for our society" - a speaker could, by even emphasis on the highlighted words and tone of voice that renders 'set a good example' as a collocation, the clichéd exhortation, make this work. But the sentence is written: be kind to the reader and make it clear whether you mean (1) or (2) by the inclusion of 'so'.
    Last edited by David L.; 20-Apr-2009 at 08:17.

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