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What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
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SAT question, pronoun “their”

I've been practising for the coming SAT, and I got confused by this question from the writing section. It read something like this: John was one of the astronomers who devoted all their time to ...
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why is the first sentence wrong out of the two given below?

*Her company is outperforming those of her competitors. *Her company is outperforming the companies of her competitors. The question is from a Manhattan GMAT book. It says there is lack of number ...
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Is this an inversion? If so, why would you use an inversion in this case?

Here's a quote from a CNN transcript, wherein a consumer psychologist says the following: "What is relatively new are shoppers turning on other shoppers." If "what is relatively new" were the ...
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Personal pronoun - Using 'it' when introducing a person

On the NPR radio program Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/) Peter Sagal introduces the week's panelists using 'it's,' as in "She'll be performing Friday at ...
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S-V agreement: It is not clear what is/are meant by A and B

In the following sentence, the verb “are” strikes me as odd. In paragraph 6, it is not clear what are meant by “the front unit” and “the central element”. It seems that “. . . it is not clear ...
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“Those box” - part of a studied dialect or merely an idiolect?

My wife, who is from northern New Jersey, USA, and who has a cold, was looking for a box of Kleenex/facial tissues this morning; she said to herself, "I need those box of tissues." This was not simply ...
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Can 'holidays' take a singular verb form?

In the thread accompanying the question The holidays are a good time to be with family, Colin Fine writes The holidays is a good time..., which I don't think is idiomatic even in the US I'd ...
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Which verbs apart from the pure copula follow the existential 'there'?

The existential 'there' is usually followed by a form of the verb 'to be', used as a pure copula. For instance, rather than saying, a wrench is on the bench, you'd say there's a wrench on the bench. ...
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We, he and I vs. us, him and me

The sentence is, Our Supervisor finally noticed that it was we, Kim and I, who always turn in our reports on time. Should it actually be you and me or you and I?
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The battery, etc., is (are?) included.

When “etc.” is used with a singular subject, such as in the following sentence, should the verb be singular or plural? The battery, etc., is included.
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Why is it “gangster” rather than “gangsters”?

The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangster in the district. The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangsters ...
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Referring to X (plural) units of Y as an “it”

I am reading The White Spider, a book on mountain climbing, and I got hung up on this passage which sounded wrong, although I can see why it isn't... Herman couldn't be expected to hear him in ...
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When should the subject agree with the object of the preposition?

Quite often while I'm looking through research articles, I see sentences that start like this one: The tensile strengths of the composites changed... I generally change strengths to strength in ...
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Number of noun modified by coordinated PP: “the [X-sg] of [Y] and [Z] is”, or “the [X-pl] of [Y] and [Z] are”?

I've tried searching Google and StackExchange for this one, but I find it difficult to state the problem generally and therefore have had no luck so far; apologies if the answer is already out there ...
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Verb agreement with two nouns

'Decades of research has/have shown' -decades is plural -research is murky I'd be inclined to write 'has' Thanks in advance Drew
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When referring to “one”, use “his” or “their”? [duplicate]

Is this grammatically correct? There is nothing like an animal attack video to remind one of their mortality.
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Agreement of articles and prepositions

Which of the following sentences would you consider most acceptable, and why? Please assume knowledge of the difference between the definite and indefinite articles here and that they are used ...
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singular verb or plural verb for working hours

It makes sense to say, "My working hours are from 9 am to 6 pm." But is it right to say, "My working hours is from 9 am to 6 pm." My argument is that from 9 am to 6 pm can be treated as a singular ...
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How should I fill these blanks on an agreement?

How should I fill these blanks on an agreement? The agreement starts like this; __ legally represented by _, residing at __ on __ hereinafter referred as "Contractor"... 1)Name 2)as the person not ...
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Is the antecedent of a relative pronoun in a prepositional 'of' phrase a matter of choice?For example, [duplicate]

The bag of books that was found belongs to me. The bag of books that talk about history belong to me. Thanks
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Question regarding “Two kinds of”

Which of these two is correct, and why? two kinds of televisions two kinds of television
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Should a company be referred to as “he/she” or as “it”?

When a customer represents a company, not a person, and a pronoun is needed to refer back to that customer, should one use he/she, or should one use it?
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Not my cup of tea

Heard an English teacher claim that: "Dogs is not my cup of tea" is correct; whereas "Dogs are not my cup of tea" is incorrect. The explanation was that the verb form of 'to be' must agree with ...
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My favorite animal are dogs

My favorite animal are dogs. Is this acceptable? I believe this is ok because I see "animal" as one species and "dogs" as the variety of breeds. Of course, the best answer would be "my favorite ...
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Should one use the term “adjective agreement” or “adjectival agreement”?

Is it better to use the term adjective agreement (noun noun) or adjectival agreement (adjective noun)? By contrast, when talking of subject-verb agreement, I'm not aware of an adjectival term like ...
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Correct pronoun: 'his' or 'their'? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether his or their is the correct pronoun to be used in the following sentence: Neither she nor he has finished ....... work. In my opinion it should be their but some ...
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Number who or number that? [duplicate]

Would you say "the number of students that earned sufficient credits" or "the number of students who earned sufficient credits"?
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Is a “dozen donuts” a singular or plural subject? [duplicate]

which is correct? How much IS a dozen of donuts? OR How much are a dozen of donuts?
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“Less” and “fewer” in English

English uses two lexemes to denote that something is smaller in number or size/amount: "Less" and "fewer". "Less" is used for uncountable nouns ("I needed less time to mow the lawn today"), while ...