Writing Question, Please? You Genius !

<p>Hey, guys</p>

<p>I have a question </p>

<p>The President has designated Senator Frank as one of the Congressmen who are going to attend the conference on nuclear waste disposal..</p>

<p>the answer says there is no error,but I was wondering why we use are instead of is, whcih I remember was a mistake in another test....</p>

<p>so can anyone plz explain how we can determine when to use is or are in such a confusing case..</p>

<p>thanks a lot</p>


<p>Because it says "Congressmen," which is plural. The verb "to be" is conjugated as "are" because it has a plural subject.</p>

<p>Where is this sentence from? It's a pretty vague and bad sentence. Because "one" is the actual word the verb number should depend on, since "of congressmen" is prepositional.</p>

<p>I guess with "no error" the sentence is supposed be read in this way: </p>

<p>senator frank as one [among those] congressmen who are going to attend...</p>

<p>As opposed to:</p>

<p>senator frank as one who is going to attend.</p>

<p>That probably made no sense.</p>

<p>Yes, "of congressmen" is prespositional, but included in the prepositional phrase is "who are going to attend the conference" -- the "are" refers to "Congressmen" and not to "one." Kind of crazy!</p>

<p>What level difficulty was this lol?</p>

<p>thanks guys</p>

<p>yeah, after looking at the answer, I can too interpret the sentense in the way you guys explained.</p>

<p>but the problem is how do you know which refers to which without knowing the answer first...</p>

<p>and this question comes from Barron course.</p>

<p>level difficulty;;;;dunno</p>

<p>:)thanks again</p>

<p>anyone else?</p>

<p>This is a relatively easy question lol.. ^</p>

<p>yeah, its pretty easy actaully, but just kinda ambiguous</p>

<p>it's ambiguous. But the answer is obviously "are" (which should be "is" bec. the word "one" is singular and is the subject in the sentence.)</p>