In an obituary about Grothendieck at http://lenta.ru/news/2014/11/14/grothendieck/, the last paragraph says "... деятельность Института вышсих научных исследований, где работал ученый, частично финансируются военными,..." and I am not sure why it uses финансируются instead of финансируется. I would have thought this verb is governed by деятельность, which grammatically is singular ("the activity/work at IHES... is financed by...").

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    You are right. I think there were different versions like "научные исследования... финансируются военными", but then it was replaced by "деятельность" and "финансируются" was overlooked.
    – Artemix
    Nov 14, 2014 at 16:08
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    @Artemix +1. Since your comment answers the question, I think you should post it as an answer.
    – Dmitry
    Nov 14, 2014 at 16:25
  • @Dmitry also, when a question is easily asnwered by a comment, it's typically not the best question :)
    – shabunc
    Nov 14, 2014 at 22:15
  • @shabunc: I agree the question is not profound, though I didn't want to find other questions on reflexive verbs in order to post my question as a comment itself.
    – KCd
    Nov 14, 2014 at 22:50
  • @KCd oh actually nevermind, it is a totally valid question, moreover it's upvoted, thus, community find it interesting enough.
    – shabunc
    Nov 15, 2014 at 0:05

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You're right, it's a typo. Деятельность is in singular, therefore, финансируется. They've fixed it already.

  • Indeed they have. And now I see on Google that this page is one of the top hits when searching for "Grothendieck's obituary." Hmm...
    – KCd
    Nov 17, 2014 at 0:14

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