Obama/Cruz/Rowe

QUESTION: What do Senator Ted Cruz, President Obama, and Republican strategist Carl Rowe    have in common?

ANSWER: Grammar problems. Their subjects don’t agree with their verbs.

GRAMMAR RULE: Singular subjects must take singular verbs See Stylebook §1.

• Senator Ted Cruz campaigning in Iowa: “Do you want to know how much each of you terrify Washington?”

Correction: “Do you want to know how much each of you terrifies Washington?”

(The  word each is singular.)

• President Obama: “So far the data shows” that the crime level has essentially not risen.

Correction: “So far the data show” that the crime level has essentially not risen.

(The  word data is singular.)

• Republican strategist Carl Rowe referring to Donald Trump’s attacks against Ben Carson and Marco Rubio: “Neither one of these attacks are particularly effective.”

Correction:  Neither one of these attacks is particularly effective.”

(Neither one is singular.)