A fairly long time ago, I wrote this:
Word soon circulates about the ferocity of Willow’s attack, and Franco’s parents insist she apologise and pay the medical bills.
I haven't had reason to change it. No one has flagged up an error, and several had read and critiqued - not just here on WW.
But it's got a glaring grammatical error, hasn't it? It should be this:
Word soon circulates about the ferocity of Willow’s attack, and Franco’s parents insist she apologises
the medical bills.
So, why does the original sound okay, when the 3rd person verb rule (he/she/it) dictates that the verbs apologise and pay require the added s
I thought I was okay with grammar, but this has shaken me.
Added: of course, it's the preceding verb: insist. It beguiles the mind into thinking the following berbs should follow suit.
ps. the grammar checker did not pick this up - neither version.
Edited by AlanH at 11:54:00 on 22 July 2014
I do of curse mean verbs. (curse is deliberate)
Edited by AlanH at 11:55:00 on 22 July 2014