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I are the Grammar Police... [Oct. 15th, 2005|10:06 pm]
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Will someone please tell Tess Daly that the grammatically correct phrase is, "The next couple coming back next week is..." as opposed to "The next couple coming back next week are..." ?!?
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[User Picture]From: j7xz49br3m93xrr
2005-10-15 09:30 pm (UTC)
It depends if the couple are then named individually. If so, 'are' is valid.

"The context determines whether the action is on the group or on individuals." Naming each of the couple means that it's stressed the couple is made of two individuals who will both be doing 'whatever'.
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[User Picture]From: j7xz49br3m93xrr
2005-10-15 09:33 pm (UTC)
By 'named individually', I mean..

The next couple coming back next week are John and Paula. That's fine. But.. you'd be right if it were something like "The next couple coming back next week is now going to dance again," I believe.
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2005-10-15 10:05 pm (UTC)

I Miss The Fast Show

This week, I are mostly be eating yogort.

*waits for someone to correct my spelling*
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2005-10-15 10:06 pm (UTC)

Re: I Miss The Fast Show

Or even - this season, I are mostly be wearing - yogort.
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[User Picture]From: gloi
2005-10-16 11:33 am (UTC)

Re: I Miss The Fast Show

onomatopaeic writing is ok :p
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[User Picture]From: broomster
2005-10-15 10:11 pm (UTC)
I would have said "are" rather than "is"...

But then I come from the area with the poorest performing schools in the country :p
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