The funding need will extend through the year 2020 when construction of the permanent facilities is projected to be complete.
My boss insists I should use are instead of is. I disagree. Any recommendations?
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
I think 'is' refers to 'construction'
'are' refers to 'the permanent facilities'.
So you're both right!
Try with just one term:
When construction is projected to be complete.
When the permanent facilities are projected to be complete.
Perhaps your boss is focusing on 'the work to be done' - construction and you are focusing on 'the end result' permanent facilities.
I think you can use either - one carries the sense that we are talking about construction, and the other, permanent facilities.
Thank your boss for his/her helpful input and safeguard your future promotion by not getting into an argument with your boss about 'who is right'!