So the Word “Is” Are Correct . . .

27 09 2007

At a dinner with broadcast journalists in 2001, Bush poked fun of himself for his “Is our children learning?” statement.”Let us analyze that sentence for a moment,” he said. “If you’re a stickler, you probably think the singular verb ‘is’ should have been the plural ‘are.’ But if you read it closely, you’ll see I’m using the intransitive plural subjunctive tense.

So the word ‘is’ are correct.”

So — I can has cheezburger??

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27 09 2007
Not June Cleaver

Wow! So is there any way to justify this statement etched into the picture frame my MIL sent us?

“A family creates a special bond of laughter and love that last a lifetime.”

I absolutely cannot stand this picture frame, but there it is displayed on my desk. If I could just explain it away with some grammar technicality, I’d be so happy. 😉

27 09 2007
JJ

Well, maybe algebra would make the grammar work?

Let’s see:

a = “a special bond of laughter”
and
b = “love”

a + b = two things, which added together make a plural subject

ergo

the correct verb form is “last”

a + b last a lifetime!

😉

28 09 2007
Nance Confer

How about that insurance company’s TV ad that assures us we can all get on with our “lifes” if only we have their product?

I grimace every time I hear it.

Nance

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