I came across a sentence in scientificamerican

Summer’s here and with it come picnics, barbecues and of course Salmonella.

Why not comes but come? I found there are

Here Comes the Boom. Here comes the sun.

When to use come and when the other?


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It's because picnics and barbecues are plural.


Picnics come in the summer, the sun comes at dawn.

When the noun is singular, we conjugate with comes; when the noun is plural, we conjugate with come.

Every Wednesday, five of my friends come over – Jane comes with Harry, but David and Betsy come with Linda.


The examples which you have given are present indefinite. In present indefinite, we use a verb’s first form. If the subject is singular the verb comes with ‘s’, and if the subject is plural only the verb’s first form is used.

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