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Offline Mr Tasker

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Cars are the one thing I know nothing about.
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:43:13 pm »
I heard someone say this the other day and I've been pondering whether it's correct or not.

If it's technically OK, how to we reconcile the plural (Cars are) with the singular (the one thing).

Or is it wrong but so familiar it doesn't seem strange (to most people) anymore.

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p.s. I see I'm a "junior" member now. Can I keep that status forever? It makes me feel young again.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 08:52:20 pm by Mr Tasker »
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Re: Cars are the one thing I know nothing about.
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 06:02:03 am »
Interesting question.
I guess verb/subject agreement makes it sound correct, and as you say, in informal speech it is so familiar that we would accept it without looking further.
It should be Cars is ... meaning the topic or subject "Cars". That sounds a little discordant to our delicate ears.
And does it make a difference if we invert the sentence?
The one thing I know nothing about is Cars.
Sounds marginally better to me.

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Re: Cars are the one thing I know nothing about.
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 10:47:00 am »
>p.s. I see I'm a "junior" member now. Can I keep that status forever? It makes me feel young again.
You'll soon be a hero just like Darryl :)
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Re: Cars are the one thing I know nothing about.
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 11:31:59 am »
I'm with Tina Turner on this one. We don't need another hero.
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Re: Cars are the one thing I know nothing about.
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 05:32:44 pm »
 ;D
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Re: Cars are the one thing I know nothing about.
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 09:08:11 pm »
Hero status was thrust upon me!  :-[ I think you just need to hang around for a LOOOOOOONG time!

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Re: Cars are the one thing I know nothing about.
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2017, 11:04:40 am »
 ;D
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