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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:02:12 AM
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A Ministry of Education teacher, Eugene Ng Ming Teck, is one among several others online who has expressed support for Workers’ Party (WP) member Leon Perera’s suggestion that cutting class sizes can benefit students.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (7 Nov), the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) had cited studies showing how smaller class sizes could improve grades and student development and said:

“Smaller classes may help level the playing field and enhance equality of opportunity for students from disadvantaged families.”

is 'has' correct? I feel 'have' should have been used instead?

Thanks.
rroselavy
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 2:16:35 AM

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Yes, "have." The subject is "others," so you need a plural verb.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:07:24 PM
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rroselavy wrote:
Yes, "have." The subject is "others," so you need a plural verb.

Thanks.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 2:42:35 PM
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Koh -

In BE it's "has" i.e. A man (A Ministry of Education teacher, Eugene Ng Ming Teck,) has (along with several others) expressed support... So the subject is singular - stressed also in the text "is one of..".
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:07:12 PM

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Hi!

I cannot see 'others' as the subject at all.
It is just the form of the sentence which accidentally puts the word 'others' just before the verb. Any of the other possible positions in the sentence for the adverbial would have been better.

The BASIC sentence is:
Eugene Ng Ming Teck is one who has expressed support for Leon Perera’s suggestion.
The other phrases are simply descriptive.

"among several others online" is a parenthetic adverbial phrase modifying 'Eugene Ng Ming Teck is one'.
"He is one among several others online who has expressed support."
"He is, among several others online, one who has expressed support."
"Among several others online, he is one who has expressed support."
"He is one who has expressed support, among several others online."



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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 2:25:33 AM
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Thanks, Romany and DragOnspeaker.
srirr
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 4:36:12 AM

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Well, I feel it should be 'have'.
The verb here largely depends upon context and connotation. (In some cases, 'has' also stands valid.)

Let me take another example.

Bill is one among those boys who have gone to hotel today.
Bill is not alone, all the boys have gone. So the verb must be plural.

Bill is one among those boys who has stood first in class.
Some boys are standing there and Bill is also among them. He has stood first. All the boys there are not first. The verb should be singular.

Generally, the verb in such instances is plural. This is what I feel. In the given sentence too, the minister is not the only one who has extended support. He is one of the online members who have supported the matter.


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 8:56:01 PM
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Thanks, srirr.
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