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Posted by Ralph Moore on December 16, 2014, 1:29 pm, in reply to "Grammar"
"They" opening the second sentence clearly refers to the members of the quintet. "It" refers back to the collection. If, while defending the modern use of "hopefully", you are going to use the argument that "usage is the supreme arbiter" then you will need to accept that today people frequently refer to grammatically singular substantives such as the government or the team with a plural verb. I don't like a lot of modern trends in current usage, such as the ghastly and now widespread use of "sat" and stood" instead of the grammatically correct "sitting/seated" and "standing" but I have to accept that being a purist is a lost cause and many of what we call rules are in fact arbitrary preferences. I maintain that 1) the standard of written English in most MusicWeb reviews is high 2) the editorial intervention is intelligent and appropriate 3) your "like the following through" makes no sense and is wrongly punctuated with a question mark followed by a colon. I resent precious criticism.
- Grammar - OP December 15, 2014, 10:52 pm
- Re: Grammar - Ralph Moore December 15, 2014, 11:03 pm
- Re: Grammar - Peter December 16, 2014, 12:27 am
- Re: Grammar - Brian Reinhart December 16, 2014, 4:16 am
- Re: Grammar - Ralph Moore December 16, 2014, 1:29 pm
- Re: Grammar - OP December 16, 2014, 5:49 pm
- Re: Grammar - Ralph Moore December 16, 2014, 11:04 pm
- Re: Grammar - Dominy Clements December 17, 2014, 1:07 pm
- Re: Grammar - Bart O'Brien August 29, 2015, 1:27 pm
- Re: Grammar - Ford September 1, 2015, 4:37 am
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