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Madonna and Two Errors in Agreement

May 18, 2006

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, who are in a salary dispute with the owners of the LA Forum, are planning to picket Madonna's concert in Los Angeles this weekend.

This sentence contains two types of errors in agreement: subject/verb agreement and pronoun/antecedent agreement.

The antecedent, "the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees," is an organization; names of organizations, groups, and name brands, as well as titles of works (books, paintings, plays, musical compositions), are singular. The verbs in this sentence, two instances of "are," are plural. To correct this sentence, change the number of the verbs.

An organization is a thing, so the pronoun "who" is incorrect. Change the pronoun to "which."

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which is in a salary dispute with the owners of the LA Forum, is planning to picket Madonna's concert in Los Angeles this weekend.

Madonna and an Error in Verb Tense Sequence

May 17, 2006

Madonna removed her wedding ring before she appeared in public last week, sparking rumors that her marriage is on the rocks.

This sentence contains an error in verb tense sequence. Since she removed the ring prior to appearing in public, the verb in the main clause ("Madonna removed her wedding ring") should be in the past perfect tense.

Madonna had removed her wedding ring before she appeared in public last week, sparking rumors that her marriage is on the rocks.