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Disagreement over agreement

A member of an editors' group on Facebook posed this question yesterday: "Peristalsis is a series of muscle contractions that move/moves along the digestive tract." Move or moves? There followed a something less than edifying exchange of views and comments, some picking move and some picking moves as if we were in a schoolyard choosing up sides for Red Rover.  One gentleman insisted repeatedly, and dogmatically, that it has to be moves to agree with series. He knows how to diagram sentences, he said, and his judgment is "based on more than three decades of experience that started in the newsroom of a metro daily." Well, I, too, can...

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