So I have this line of sentence:

This only applies to the first 100 people signing up.

When I see the word "applies", I am confused, is "first 100" plural, or singular? Or it should've been "apply"?


The subject is this, which is singular, so the verb is singular (applies).

The thing which is plural "the first 100 people signing up" is not the subject or even the direct object, but the indirect object of applies. In English, verbs agree only with their subject, not with any other argument.

  • Oh, ok then. That means the rest ("the first 100 people signing up") is just noun. Thanks for your answer. – Zombie Chibi XD Feb 9 '19 at 11:15
  • Yes. "The first 100 people signing up" is a (complex) noun phrase, functioning as indirect object of applies.. – Colin Fine Feb 9 '19 at 11:20

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