Jragonlord wrote: orthogon wrote:
Xenomortis wrote:Most of the music I listen to have* lyrics in languages I don't speak [...]
*has or have - I spent way too long thinking about it.
is a mass/uncountable noun, which requires the singular form of the verb. But most of the songs
you listen to have
lyrics in languages you don't speak, which is probably how you confused yourself.
... Wouldn't it actually be have
, agreeing with "Most"? I would think "of the music I listen to" would qualify as some sort of prepositional phrase, and you would therefore not agree with the object of the preposition...
You're right that I'd missed the importance of most of
, but it's still has
. The subject is most of the music I listen to
, of which the quantifier most
is the head, however, it says here
Most is included in a group of quantifiers in which the verb agrees with the noun in the prep. phrase or "closest noun". (singular or plural)
But the rule depends on the quantifier, so it would be each of the songs I listen to has ...
but both of the songs I listen to have ...
and most of the songs I listen to have ...
GuesssWho wrote:ETA: That song about Buddy Holly is actually called "American Pie," and is possibly the most metaphor-dense anything ever.
A couple of months back, after spending over forty years refusing to explain the song, Don McClean put an original manuscript of the lyrics up for auction; we were told
that we were about to find out "everything there is to divulge" about what they mean. But I haven't seen anything since. A lot of the lines have more than one candidate explanation: I like to think that that was deliberate brilliance on McClean's part, but it might have been accidental.