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really confused...please help

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whatsupma Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Default Avatar
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really confused...please help

Post Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:35 am
So on Spidey's notes, it says:
"Sometiems, a quantiifier refers to one thing, not many things. For example, "each", "every", and "one" always refer to one thing...if hte quantifier is always singular, then the verb must always be singular too.

So accordingly, a correct sentence woudl read:

One of the cars IS red.


However, on other notes, I've read that it always depends on the noun itself.

So accordingly, a correct sentence would read:

One of the cars ARE red.



WHICH IS CORRECT? Please help! [/b]

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beny Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:07 pm
I don't think your sentences are a proper exemplification of the type of error you are talking about here.

In your example, "One of the cars is red" is always correct. Never use "are" in this situation.

The more common error arises from a different type of grammatical construct involving clauses.

These sentences work:

1. One of the cars is red, and is parked in the driveway.
2. One of the cars that are red is parked in the driveway.

The first sentences means that one red car out of all the cars (whether they are red, blue yellow, whatever) is parked in the driveway.

The second sentence means that all the cars are red, and one is parked in the driveway.

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Post Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:18 am
you are the MAN.

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apk.vis Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:25 am
One of the Car IS red is correct.... If you see that clearly points...only one among many car... so it is singular....

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