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USAGE: number concord in AmE, again

From:And Rosta <a-rosta@...>
Date:Thursday, June 20, 2002, 21:44
Since several people insisted to me in a recent discussion
on this list that in AmE verb agreement is determined
purely by syntactic number, I was struck by the following,
said by the senator from Nevada near the start of The
Godfather part II: "the Sierra Boys' Choir, who have
chosen a special song". Is this because animacy overrides
number concord, so that "who have" is preferable to
"which has"?



John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>