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Re: I. R. Worried
Posted by paul corfield godfrey on November 22, 2015, 11:49 am, in reply to "Re: I. R. Worried"
I should perhaps point out that the word 'pedant' was employed by Tolkien and not by me. Tolkien was not only a stylist who employed a great many contrasted idioms, but had also worked in his youth as a lexicographer on the Oxford English Dictionary. I didn't quote the whole of his letter, but he did point out to his correspondent that he had retired by the date he wrote! What I think he meant to say was that it was really a matter of taste, and what sounded natural. I would certainly think 'the Berlin Philharmonic are' does not sound natural in that sense. Collective nouns should generally take the singular of the verb unless a plural is added as a parenthesis to the subject (as in the example Tolkien cited) - and even then the correct usage is purely a matter of taste.
- I. R. Worried - Dominy Clements November 20, 2015, 3:56 pm
- Re: I. R. Worried - Max November 20, 2015, 7:52 pm
- Re: I. R. Worried - paul corfield godfrey November 21, 2015, 4:38 pm
- Re: I. R. Worried - Dominy Clements November 22, 2015, 7:48 am
- Re: I. R. Worried - paul corfield godfrey November 22, 2015, 11:49 am
- Re: I. R. Worried - Chris Howell November 22, 2015, 11:58 am
- Re: I. R. Worried - Donald Clarke November 22, 2015, 1:43 pm
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