The Great DivideMarch 13, 2008 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch3 CommentsBetween those newspaper subs who know their grammar and those who don\’t. We have damaged ourselves — and it was avoidable The Great Divide: Times writers present the arguments over the conflict that are still splitting the country previousBarroso on BiofuelsnextTimmy Elsewhere 3 thoughts on “The Great Divide” KMcC March 13, 2008 at 12:19 pm not so fast – the writer here is saying that the arguments are splitting the country. You might disagree with that statement, but it’s not the solecism you make out. (I know, I know – we might think the conflict is more country-splitting than the arguments about it; and decry the grammar on that point. But as it stands it ain’t ungrammatical) Tim adds: Hmm, maybe. I read “are” as referring to “conflict” not “arguments”. Singluar and plural. GeoffH March 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm Sorry, Tim, it’s definitely the ‘arguments that ‘are’ splitting the country. Couldn’t be clearer and normally you play a blinder on these things. MikeinAppalachia March 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm “they” are vs. “it” is? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.