Headline on CNN right now: "Can Boehner reign [sic] in his own party?"
Who does the "typesetting" for CNN? Do you think they are a graduate of a first-tier institution?
Maybe he wants to reign as King of the Pubbies, though he seems somewhat queenie when he starts to blubber.
I think that using "they are" requires them to be "graduates" and not "a graduate," but then again you're the first-tier educmacationated one.
Yeah, OP, that should have been either "do you think he or she is a graduate of a first-tier institution" ...." or "do you think they are graduates of first-tier institutions"?
And the answer is, Who the hell knows? I've encountered more than one Ivy League grad who can't spell or write for shit.
R2 You think wrong. "They" is a commonly-used replacement for the sexist generic "he".
'Tis a shoe!! NO NO! 'Tis a sandal!
R4 is the only correct answer here.
English is so fucked-up.
[quote] The Oxford English Corpus (OEC), the Oxford Dictionaries’ database of over 2 billion words of 21st-century English, shows that when it comes to free rein, over 38% of the total instances are for the misspelling free reign.
"Do you think he or she is a graduate" would be correct. "Do you think that person is a graduate" also would be acceptable.
"Do you think they are a graduate" is not correct -- no matter how commonly used you think it may be.
Can Boehner rain in his own party?
Follow the Gourd! The Holy Gourd of Jerusalem!
OP - I use to work with a guy who had a simple response to questions like this.
"Where do you come from"
"Because I've always wanted to go visit the land where no one makes mistakes."
[quote]"Do you think they are a graduate" is not correct -- no matter how commonly used you think it may be.
Wrong. People are voting with their tongues and pens. English needs neutral third person singular pronouns, and English now has them.
Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's reigning!
LOL @ r13
"Who was that on the phone?"
"I don't know - they hung up"
This has been acceptable in English for decades.
I guess it says a bunch about Republicans, that this turned into and argument over grammar.
[quote]Who does the "typesetting" for CNN? Do you think they are a graduate of a first-tier institution?
I wouldn't lob insults about intelligence if you think "typesetting" has anything to do with television production.
Onscreen graphics, titles and other textual information are up to the show's producer, ultimately. A writer may be directly responsible, or there may be a technician who types the info provided by the writer. It's possible that a technician is responsible for the spelling error, but when I left TV news a few years ago writers were typing the graphics directly from their desktops to air. Everything was automated and the technical staff formerly required were laid off.
R8 is right. Common usage does not make an error correct, it just makes it more widespread.
The reign in Spain began on 22 November 1975.
Juan Carlos I
[quote][R8] is right. Common usage does not make an error correct, it just makes it more widespread.
Thou art full of shyte.
So how does language change? Is there some kind of Central Command that issues an edict?
Why was this thread derailed?
Because really, what is there left to say about Boner and his problem children.
R20, growth & evolution are fine -- change for its own sake serves no purpose. And change that consists only of lowering standards to accept errors is not progress.
In language change doesn't need a purpose, but in this case there is a compelling one. It's only "lowering standards" to people who can't tell the difference between an error and an evolution.
The reign in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
I'm sorry that few of you seem to have got the point and derailed my thread. Standards are vanishing; an individual posting on DL is not that important. The world's foremost television news source is, presumably. Do so many people here really need that spelled out for them? (No pun intended there.)
If it were done intentionally, it's actually a pretty funny and clever pun...
Unfortunately, you know the person is an illiterate buffoon.
Actually it's a good question whether they meant reign in or rein in.
Hmmm. Which is the better question?
...rein in men?
...reign in men?
...rain in men?
The answer depends on whether you want to know about his Golden Lasso, his Golden Touch, or his Golden Shower.
That settles it. His new name is Princess Boehner.
It's reignin' men, hallelujah!
It's like a recent headline concerning the country of Irian, referred to something as Irianian