(Closed) Grammar Check, please!

posted 6 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Which of these two options is grammatically correct?
    "A block of rooms has been reserved at..." : (36 votes)
    71 %
    "A block of rooms have been reserved at..." : (15 votes)
    29 %
    Both forms are acceptable. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The noun is plural, so you have to use the plural form.  The answer is have.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @deetroitwhat:  Actually the noun is block, which is singular. The prepositional phrase “of rooms” modifies the noun, but the verb form is based on the noun itself, rather than its modifiers. Since “block” is the noun and it’s singular, “has” is the correct verb form.

    ETA: Here is a link on subject-verb agreement that includes similar examples. http://faculty.washington.edu/marynell/grammar/agreement.html

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @VAwife:  I don’t know why I was thinking rooms.  Looked at it too fast, I guess!

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @deetroitwhat:  NO!  That’s incorrect. 

    The noun is “BLOCK” – so you use the singular verb.  Try taking out the modifier of the noun block (“of rooms”) and see.  “A block HAS been reserved”, NOT “A block have been reserved.

    OP, please trust me on this.  I’m kind of a grammar snob.

    ETA: @deetroitwhat: Didn’t mean to yell by the way  🙂  I just got all panicky that the wrong grammar might be used.  Yeah, I might have a problem with my grammar-snob ways! 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    A block HAS

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @lolot:  NOOOOOOOO you said the same thing twice!! ZOMG Internets is down!

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @deetroitwhat:  lol I just caught and fixed that.  After all the talk of grammar snobbing!  I should be more of a “re-read to catch errors” snob!

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    It’s HAS.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @csteen85:  Give her the VAWife lowdown & then see what she says.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @csteen85:  Calling out someone’s mistake can be awkward. Try to approach it as more of an FYI. Tell her that you know it’s a common mistake and she probably didn’t realize, but “has” is correct so she should use it on your cards.

    Post # 16
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    Newbee

    The noun is “block,” which is singular, so the verb would be “has.”  Those are tricky, sometimes! 😉

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