If anyone can answer these from an ultra-correct grammar point of view, I'd be very grateful.

1. In the sentence: "Help me ? the street,"

which is correct "cross" or "across"? Both?

2. In the sentence "One of my friends who ? cute is there,"

is "is" or "are" correct? Both? (Add commas as needed.)

Like I said, these are issues of pure grammar in its most refined and deadly form. I know which sound better and I know how to rewrite #2 so there's no ambiguity, but what I need to know is which are correct beyond reproach.

relative clauses are tricky sometimes. In sentence 2, the use of 'is' or 'are' would depend on what is being modified by "who...".

Who is cute? The friend who is here, or your friends in general?

If your friends are cute, and one of them is here, then the sentence could be: "One of my friends who are cute is here." It may sound a bit awkward, but it's possible.

If, on the other hand, you are referring to one of several friends who happens to be cute you'd say "One of my friends, who is cute, is here."

The use of commas makes a difference when it comes to relative clauses.

1. Both are grammatically correct and have virtually the same meaning.

2. "One of my friends who is cute, is there." Using 'is' because it's singular and "one" is the subject of the sentence.

Does this sound right?


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That you Henry and Miriam!

Would it ever be proper to use whom to refer to the friends?

"One of my friends, whom are cute, is here."

I as this because the sentence "One of my friends, all of whom are cute, is here." sounds correct to me.

Thanks! Again.
"One of my friends, whom are cute, is here."

This is not correct, because "whom" is not the object of anything. It's the subject, so it must be "who." ("One of my friends, WHO are cute, is here." )

In the phrase "all of whom," it is correct to say "whom" because it is the object of the preposition "of." Your last sentence is fine.
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Cross is the correct usage because it is a verb and and one helps someone to cross the street. In this case the "to" is understood. Across is a preposition and requires the structures associated with such particles of speech.