Verb Agreement: ARE and ENJOYS won’t work together.

Regular reader Joe C. sent along this course synopsis from a lifelong learning catalog. "I found it ironic that the man who would be teaching "Poetry: Reading, Creating and Critiquing" would make such a classic grammatical error in his synopsis."

I agree. In the first part of the sentence, WHO refers back to PERSONS (plural), so the first part works–PERSONS WHO ARE ACTIVELY WRITING POETRY, but in the second part, WHO still refers to PERSONS (plural), so the verb ENJOYS (singular with an S) does not work. The sentence should read this way:

This course is intended for persons who are actively writing poetry or who simply enjoy reading poetry for its own sake.

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2 Responses to “Verb Agreement: ARE and ENJOYS won’t work together.”

  1. Jason says:

    Two more words that won’t work together: “grammar” and “glitch.”

  2. admin says:

    Why not?

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