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I was going through this site http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/SubjectVerb.html and came across the following

Rule :A relative pronoun ("who," "which," or "that") used as a subject of an adjective clause takes either a singular or plural verb in order to agree with its antecedent.

ex: Mary is one of the students who have done honor to the college.

(Adjective clause modifies the plural noun "students." "Students" is the antecedent of "who."

I understand the rule but the example. Can somebody please explain?

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07 Aug 2009, 10:41
learner wrote:
I was going through this site http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/SubjectVerb.html and came across the following

Rule :A relative pronoun ("who," "which," or "that") used as a subject of an adjective clause takes either a singular or plural verb in order to agree with its antecedent.

ex: Mary is one of the students who have done honor to the college.

(Adjective clause modifies the plural noun "students." "Students" is the antecedent of "who."

I understand the rule but the example. Can somebody please explain?

the sentence says ..
Mary is one in the group of students.
that student group done honor to the college.

is this what you are asking?
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07 Aug 2009, 11:30
Mary is one of the students who have done honor to the college.

students --> Subject
Adjective Clause --> who have done honor to the college

who have done honor to the college - Here Who is the relative Noun and have is the Verb.

The rule states that when a relative pronoun (Who) is used in an adjective clause the verb (have) should agree with the subject (students).

If the subject is plural then the verb should also be plural.
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08 Aug 2009, 01:32
well explained Arvindgmat and learner thnxs for sharing
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08 Aug 2009, 07:50
This's helpful for me Very clear Thanks

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