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weejimmykrankie Mon 10-Oct-11 18:39:54

I was asked to comment on a junior colleague's draft today. She had written "management have asked that all work in progress is billed by the end of the month". I corrected "is" to "be" and she looked at me like I was mad. She has a law degree. What is the world coming to, etc, etc?

ElbowFan Mon 10-Oct-11 19:18:55

I'm with you weejimmy - but I think we are a dying breed. Once upon a time those who had studied the law had an understanding of Latin and therefore an understanding of English grammar, but no longer... parsing sentences possibly went out with the ark as did a grounding in grammar...
...sigh...

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 19:21:51

Maybe you could phrase it with 'should be' instead.

HappyFinnish Mon 10-Oct-11 19:27:29

I agree with the 'be', and would have said 'management has...'

Goldberry Mon 10-Oct-11 19:30:37

Quite right too, HappyFinnish. And weejimmy.

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 19:34:04

Yes, I would have said 'has', but only if she had started with 'The management'.

HappyFinnish Mon 10-Oct-11 19:39:40

Let's tip the management over and have a glass of sherry instead, Mrs W wink

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 19:47:03

Oooh, yes please.grin Tio Pepe?

HappyFinnish Mon 10-Oct-11 19:50:41

Just the one.

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 20:29:12

gringringrin

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