How and where does people…? Whoops!

Here is another sentence I came across on an Internet site this week:

How and where does people get rid of their timeshare without getting scam?

Whew! One sentence, three errors. That's uncalled for even for the Internet.

 

First, although the sentence begins with HOW AND WHERE (2 things), the verb DOES (singular) should go with the noun PEOPLE (plural), so the first problem is agreement.  PEOPLE DO, not PEOPLE DOES. Notice that in this question form, the subject (PEOPLE) comes after the verb (DOES).

 

Second, common sense would suggest that this writer is referring to many PEOPLE who are stuck with TIMESHARE(S) (plural), not TIMESHARE (singular), so THEIR TIMESHARES.

 

Third, SCAM is a noun. In this sentence, the past participle SCAMMED is needed after GETTING.

This sentence should read as follows:

How and where do people get rid of their timeshares without getting scammed?

 

As for content, I really don't know the best way to get rid of a timeshare, but I would certainly suggest seeking advice from a reputable real estate agent you trust.

PLEASE NOTE: Speaking of past participles, one of my readers asked a very good question about using participles like SCAMMED, DRIVEN, TASTED. Stay tuned, I will answer that question in the next post–which may be Monday if I don't get back from the Sylacauga Marble Festival early enough tomorrow. You can check my website at www.ruthbeaumontcook.com for more information about the third annual festival. Just click on the "News" button.


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3 Responses to “How and where does people…? Whoops!”

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  2. The verb ..element ..in this sentence contains more than one word – it must be a phrase.

  3. admin says:

    Thank you for your comment. Yes, it is a verb phrase (do get), but that would not change the fact that DO rather than DOES is the correct choice.

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