|Date:||December 14th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)|| |
This is still a case of "One quarter are using" versus "one in four is using".
I'm of the opinion that "is" is appropriate here. The phrase "one in four" while really meaning "1/4th of all doctors" is expressing it as if there were four representative doctors, one of which is the subject of the sentence.
That's how I see it, too.
|Date:||December 15th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)|| |
Notice it says "about one in four". So perhaps it's .98 or 1.02, which presumably would be considered plural. Anyway, why isn't the subject of the sentence "doctors"? It doesn't say "one doctor in four".
True, but to me "about one in four doctors" is shorthand for "about one doctor in four doctors," and I would never consider saying "about one doctors in four doctors."
And, doctors isn't the subject because it is not doctors or four doctors using the electronic records system. It is about one doctor using it.
|Date:||December 17th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Nonsense. It's about many doctors using the ERS. You won't find as few as one, or even four doctors in a large group practice. In terms of semantics, "one in four" is equivalent to "25% of" or "one quarter of", or even "two eighths of". But for amusement, I tried http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/
comparing the phrases "one in four is" to "one in four are", and "is" is more than twice as frequent.
"[O]ne doctor...is using the...system."
And that doctor happens to be one in four. That's my view.
That's what I was going to say.
Also, from a smartass point of view, we don't know how many doctors there are in the world (and know that is not really part of grammar.) There could very well be just four of them.
*knowing that is not really part of grammar
That's a really cool concept. Thanks for sharing that. :D