Just to clarify, in There are some people who always complain, the subject is the noun phrase some people.No. Your verb needs to agree with your subject:
I,you,we, they complain
He, she, it complains.
So: There are some people (they) who always complain.
In the sentence we are considering, the verb following the pronoun who must agree in number with the subject some people and so is plural.In the construction there is or there are, there is never the subject.... If you do use a there is or a there are, however, remember that your subject will follow the predicate. Choose is if the subject is singular, are if the subject is plural.
There are millions of people who would rather be poor than ask for government help.
I think I agree with you here, Ray. However, I would never say "There are some people who always complains. That was my point, and I don't think you disagree.Just to clarify, in There are some people who always complain, the subject is the noun phrase some people.
The following is from the Cliffnotes.com article "Subject following predicate":
In the sentence we are considering, the verb following the pronoun who must agree in number with the subject some people and so is plural.
"Complain" is always intransitive, to my mind, Oros.My questions is on the intransitive case of the word 'complain'.
When do I use it intransitively?
I tend to see it otherwise, owlman.The subject is "man". Here "who" is a relative pronoun that introduces a defining clause.
It's because of the way I use it, Oros - the patterns I use it with.Loob, how did you know offhand that the verb 'complain' was intransitive?