Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
Hey, y’all. THERE’s a problem I need to chat with my coworkers about. But, instead of being a bossy grammar fiend, I’ll just write a blog post about it and pray they all read it. (Hey there, sweet coworkers! Hugs to you all.)
So, HERE goes.
HERE’s the problem: We have a basic matter of subject/verb disagreement. You know, when the person or thing doing the action doesn’t jibe with the action word. Your ears know THERE’s an issue with “The papers is on the floor” or “The copier are broken.” That, my sweet readers, is a basic subject/verb disagreement.
I bet you got an A+ on that, didn’t you? So why, when “here” and “there” get in the mix, is it so easy to forget the most basic points of English grammar? I think it’s because of the inverted word order. English typically likes things arranged with the subject before the verb. Typically.
Don’t let the adverb coming first throw out all you’ve ever known and loved about subject/verb agreement. Of course, that first email should have read: Here are the files for you to review. Just remember to look at the actual subject of the sentence (in this case, “files”) and use “is” or “are” or one of the contractions appropriately.