A caption on page 1C of the Dec. 18 newspaper announced: "Beaufort couple strengthens their marriage -- and their bodies -- through martial arts classes."
This caught my eye, not because I misread "martial" for "marital," but because of the grammar.
Collective nouns such as "couple" often offer a choice as to whether they are to be considered singular or plural. However, you cannot switch horses in midstream. It cannot be both. Here you have it first in the singular and then in the plural in the same sentence. "Strengthens" suggests a singular subject, whereas "their" suggests a plural antecedent.
Call me a curmudgeon if you like.
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Daniel H. Daniels