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Nov
13
comment A subset of our services were/was? Grammar
Yep, you're correct. +1 for extending the discussion to collective nouns, which seems to be the confusion here.
Nov
13
comment A subset of our services were/was? Grammar
Two of those plural matches are "A total of 56% of the teenagers in the subset were girls" and "Four of the 10 items on the frustration subset were implicated". In both these cases, subset is singular. Only one of those matches could be read as having a plural form of subset, "The largest subset are counties with large numbers of racial or ethnic populations".
Nov
13
reviewed Reviewed Is there a word for someone who is bad with grammar?
Nov
13
comment Is there a word for someone who is bad with grammar?
These words are far too broad.
Nov
13
reviewed No Action Needed Is there a word for someone who is bad with grammar?
Nov
7
revised Odd British pluperfect subjunctive construction?
quote formatting
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Aug
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reviewed Leave Open How does one parse 'woe betide'?
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reviewed Close What’s so funny about “You are winner”?
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reviewed Close What are some words I could use to call someone who is not good at work?
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reviewed Close Word that means desired attributes
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reviewed Close One word to describe increase in number of items?
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reviewed Leave Open Is there a word or phrase that explains that the usage of “we” in some contexts does not necessarily mean “all of us”?
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Jul
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accepted Lobbyist's Counterpart
Jul
30
comment Lobbyist's Counterpart
Thank you, this has given me a lot of options to play with. I think I like target the most as a general term because it's used pretty commonly in various political contexts (at least in the US), but the other ones you've suggested will work well other situations.
Jul
30
comment Lobbyist's Counterpart
@ElliottFrisch You might be right. Maybe I'm using the terms incorrectly. There could also be a difference in British English vs. American English. I just finished donating blood, so it's also possible I'm not thinking 100% clearly at the moment :P