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opinions on this please

(4 Posts)
suzywong Sun 07-Sep-08 13:28:12

"layer after layer of security and fencing that shrink slowly "

should it be shrinkS slowly as the subject of the verb shrink is a singer layer?

suzywong Sun 07-Sep-08 13:31:01

singLe layer, not singer

easily done but then I don't get to hand this post to a sub team on the Independent on Sunday as the author of the sentence in question presumably did

Tigerschick Sun 07-Sep-08 13:31:31

Don't know really but my instinct would be shrink as there are apparently two things shrinking (security and fencing).

ChipButty Sun 07-Sep-08 13:33:55

IMO 'layer after layer' suggests the plural layers and therefore shrink is correct. However, I do think the sentence could perhaps be rewritten as it doesn't read well.

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