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Reply Tue 14 May, 2019 06:06 pm
69 In the afternoon of May 11 one of the two buses which were ferrying the group hit a road kerb, and the impact jerked the 20 student passengers off their seats,” SMU said in a media statement on Monday.

Shouldn't it be "was", as one bus, not both, hit a road kerb?

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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Tue 14 May, 2019 07:37 pm
Correct
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Jewels Vern
 
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Reply Tue 14 May, 2019 07:50 pm
"two buses which were ferrying the group"

Plural clause takes the plural verb. But only one bus hit the curb so that takes a singular verb.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Tue 14 May, 2019 09:06 pm
@tanguatlay,
"Were" is in reference to the two buses ferrying the group.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 15 May, 2019 04:50 am
One was ferrying ....
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2019 02:53 pm
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:

One was ferrying ....


As it's written, two were ferrying, one of which hit a kerb.

If it had been written as, "one of the two buses which was ferrying the group hit a road kerb," then of the two buses, one was ferrying the group, not the other, and hit a road kerb.
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