Leader writer & columnist for The Times. Author of Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English (@wnbooks, 2015).

Search Tweets

Twitter Feed

@OliverKamm — 22,593 followers, 32,967 tweets

@TheQuikBrownFox @pollsstar @bgolds12 @Raphael_Hogarth Heavens. You know the answer to that: “they is” is ungrammatical whereas [singular] “they are” is fully grammatical with quantifier-like antecedents (such as “everyone”). See Geoff Pullum on this.  https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/01/05/dogma-and-evidence/ 
@TheQuikBrownFox @pollsstar @bgolds12 @Raphael_Hogarth But you stated as fact that “they” is plural. That’s not true: it can be plural, singular or neither. You also said singular “they” is a modern usage. It’s actually been part of the grammar of English for 700 years. These are not just matters of opinion.
@sirtophamhat @JohnRentoul Fair point, as I agree with everything else John says (in the column, I mean, as well as in general).
RT @kemptownbod: Excellent article on homeopathy and NHS by @OliverKamm in today's Times. Trenchant and correct. https://t.co/D5JcpHC3IP
Now, I hate to be pedantic, but @JohnRentoul terms "partially constructed" a compound adjective whereas it is in reality a participial phrase modifying a noun. You can't, eg, modify it with adverb ("very partially constructed") as you could with adjective.  https://twitter.com/johnrentoul/status/954339513257594881 
Show More