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?

  • You should add any research you’ve done. Or have you tried asking on ELL? – Me myself and I Dec 13 '17 at 22:34
  • ". . .when construction is complete". 'construction' is the (singular) subject of the verb. – peterG Dec 13 '17 at 23:59
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    When your boss are right your boss are right. – Drew Dec 14 '17 at 1:17

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'!


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