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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:26:00 AM
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The S Pen Stylus is one of the main features that differentiates the Note 8 from other smartphones in the market, so it is apparent why Samsung wants to boost its functionality on this device. Some of the uses of the S Pen stylus enabling users to scribble quick reminders on the phone’s lock screen and translating text on the go.

Shouldn't it be "differentiate" instead?

Thanks.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:22:51 AM

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Hi Koh Elaine!

I don't know what a 'grammar expert' would say - but both sound OK to me.

1. (singular) The S Pen Stylus is one of the main features (and that one feature) differentiates the Note 8 from other smartphones.

2. (plural) The S Pen Stylus is one of the main features (and those features) differentiate the Note 8 from other smartphone.

I think that 'differentiate' is 'more correct', but you will hear both.

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Audiendus
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:43:47 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
The S Pen Stylus is one of the main features that differentiates the Note 8 from other smartphones in the market, so it is apparent why Samsung wants to boost its functionality on this device. Some of the uses of the S Pen stylus enabling users to scribble quick reminders on the phone’s lock screen and translating text on the go.

If several features differentiate (which I think is the meaning), then I would say 'differentiate' in the plural.
If the S Pen stylus is the only feature that differentiates, I would say "...one of the main features, which differentiates..."

By the way, the second 'sentence' in the quote is not a proper sentence – it has no main verb.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:43:58 PM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker and Audiendus.

I think the second sentence should read,

Some of the uses of the S Pen stylus enable users to scribble quick reminders on the phone’s lock screen and translating text on the go.

Am I correct?
Audiendus
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:48:38 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
I think the second sentence should read,

Some of the uses of the S Pen stylus enable users to scribble quick reminders on the phone’s lock screen and translating text on the go.


Grammatically it should be "translate", not "translating".

I would prefer to say:

"Two of the features of the S Pen stylus enable users to scribble quick reminders on the phone's lock screen and translate text on the go."

(These appear to be two distinct features.)
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:57:11 PM
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Audiendus wrote:
Koh Elaine wrote:
I think the second sentence should read,

Some of the uses of the S Pen stylus enable users to scribble quick reminders on the phone’s lock screen and translating text on the go.


Grammatically it should be "translate", not "translating".

I would prefer to say:

"Two of the features of the S Pen stylus enable users to scribble quick reminders on the phone's lock screen and translate text on the go."

(These appear to be two distinct features.)


I agree with your corrections. Thanks.
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