English is a very difficult language, even for native English speakers. There are so many things that are only correct because that is how they are and there is not a rule to guide you and even if there is, it still may not apply, such as the letter 'i' before 'e' unless preceded by a 'c'. It almost doesn't apply more often than it does.
Take the above sentence and the phrase so many things that are only correct because that is how they are... I had to check if 'so many things' was any sort of collective noun and I should use 'is' instead of 'are' but even if that small part was a collective noun, I would still type what sounded correct to my ears.
Here is another from a blog post. I seem to spend a lot of time changing sentences. I expect many of you get them right the first time.
I think they were all Asian students lining the walkway to the QV shopping centre.
It occurred to me that there is more than one walkway to the shopping centre, so I added one of the walkway, but then I had to add an 's' to make it right.
I think they were all Asian students lining one of the walkways to the QV shopping centre.
Better and more accurate.
Of course I could say, One of the walkways to the QV shopping centres was lined by who I think were Asian students. That probably reads better, but does it sound better? I try to keep my blog writing a bit conversational, rather than a work of literature.
I am not sure where I was going with this very old post, so I will just publish as is.