I and my friend are confused about this sentence:

X co-founded Y project that crowdsources the classification of data in images.

I feel that it should be crowdsource. I understand her reasoning that since project is singular so it make sense to use third person present for of the verb. My choice is mostly intuition (may be because I read it somewhere). Which one is correct?

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    Your sentence is incomplete and ungrammatical. Therefore it is not clear what you are asking. – Nigel J Jan 13 '18 at 16:20
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    Crowdsources should agree numerically with 'the Y project' (singular). – Lawrence Jan 13 '18 at 17:04
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    With the possible exception of the phrase "Y project", I see nothing ungrammatical in that sentence. It makes perfect sense to me. – Simon B Jan 13 '18 at 21:59

Y project is effectively an 'it'! Not an 'I'. So crowdsources has an 's' on the end, the same as it would if 'he' or 'it' was talking.

The project crowdsources the classification of data. The man crowdsources the classification of data. It crowdsources the classification of data He/she crowdsources the classification of data

I crowdsource the classification of data.

  • Or, plural subject, 'They [the projects] crowdsource the classification of data.' But the question does have a singular subject. – Jeff Zeitlin Jan 13 '18 at 17:44

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