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Old 02-06-2008, 02:58 AM   #7
JimThias
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Originally Posted by becker
Okay, I'll look at this critically then

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irony

Based on that, I can see what you're saying. It just doesn't seem to be the norm to critique the language used in the remarks, rather than actually comment on wrong info.

Sort of like if someone wrote "A couple of locomotives head south", then comment it should be "heads south" since it is referred to as one couple.
However...

In "A couple heads south," couple is a noun.

In "A couple of locomotives head south," couple is the adjective.

That would be like saying "Red locomotives head south." You wouldn't say, "Red locomotives heads south."

When "couple" is the adjective, then the verb (head) describes what the noun (locomotives) is doing.

Hence, "A couple of locomotives head south" is correct.

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