> At 19:34 18/02/2005, Pat Reynolds wrote:
> >A trick I have been taught by colleagues over on
> lowlands-l, if you want
> >to know if one phrasing or another is the way
> 'native speakers' would
> >feel comfortable with, or the way 'common usage'
> has it: try entering
> >the variants into google, and see which is more
> popular (checking, of
> >course, that the meaning you want is the one that
> you are getting).
> Trevor Ogden wrote:
> Interesting idea. So "graffiti is" produces 11700
> pages in the UK, and
> "graffiti are" produces 780. Hey ho. But your last
> sentence is important
> - both are seriously contaminated by cases where
> "graffiti" is not the
> subject of the verb. (The grammar of graffiti is not
> simple.) Needs
> further research.
"graffito is" produces only about 1,030 results on
Google, and judging by the first page, half of those
are references to the name of a computer progamme.
9,200,000 results for "graffiti are"
8,990,000 for "graffiti is"
335,000 for "graffito is"
4,880 results for "graffiti are"
30,100 for "graffiti is"
707 for "graffito is"
527, 253 "graffiti are"
522,231 "graffiti is"
7,402 "graffito is"
Think I'd better get back to doing some work now.