6th gr GRAMMAR
posted by Cory on .
why is :
she is one of the few quaterbacks who (is/are) ready for prime time
the answer is "are" why is that correct? shouldnt it be is because she is one=singular?
few quarterbacks who are ready.
few quarterbacks are plural.
but that's a prepositional phrase, ithought those don't matter in determining the plurality of a verb
Bobpursley is right: "quarterbacks" is plural, so "who" is also plural, and the verb that goes with "who" needs to be plural, too.
The main clause is this:
"She is one of the few quarterbacks"
The relative clause that modifies "quarterbacks" is this:
"who are ready for prime time."
so youre saying that prep phrases matter now?
so youre saying: everyone of those flyers are green instead of is?
I really hate to disagree with my colleagues, but I agree with you, Cory. I think the correct verb is "is."
She is one of the few quarterbacks who (is/are) ready for prime time.
This sentence is talking about one person and therefore should take a singular verb.
well, i think i'm wrong b/c the answer says it's 'are'. i don't get why tho..
I see what Ms. Sue means, and the sentence can be taken in a couple of ways. I took it this way:
There are a few quarterbacks ready for prime time, and she is one of them.
She is one of the few quarterbacks (<~~main clause) who (antecedent is "quarterbacks") are ready for prime time.
I know it can be taken both ways, but if the answer you are given is "are" then that is the explanation. It rests on what the antecedent of "who" is -- "quarterbacks" or "she"?
Thank you, Writeacher. I puzzled over this for some time before I posted. The best advice for someone writing this sentence is don't! Find another way of saying exactly what you mean. <g>
Exactly! It's not a good sentence to include on a grammar quiz or assignment!
oh, it was an SAT question so i had no choice... thank you!
Cory -- why is your subject 6th gr GRAMMAR when the question was from SAT?
This was misleading and deceptive.
because it was a 6th grade grammar question on my book- they labled it as a 6th grade level. sorry to mislead you.