She is a confident and a practical speaker who always impress/impresses the audience

What should I use here impress or impresses and why?

This question was asked in an exam and they gave impress as the answer.

I think here impresses should be used as She is a singular pronoun and we know verb in its basic form is plural and when we add s/es, the verb becomes singular.

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    What do you think and why? We do expect contributors here to do a bit of their own research. I would drop the second a by the way.
    – mdewey
    Dec 4, 2021 at 14:52
  • Thanks for the information, edited the question and showed my thinking, if you have some idea about it kindly explain. @mdewey
    – Arun Singh
    Dec 4, 2021 at 15:03
  • Your explanation is good! :) But only one a, as mdeway said is needed.
    – Lambie
    Dec 4, 2021 at 15:08
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    If you've copied the question perfectly, then the answer on the exam is wrong. "Impresses" is correct. Also, if you have copied the question perfectly, then it was written by someone not familiar enough with English to be writing English exams.
    – gotube
    Dec 19, 2021 at 23:47
  • "practical" seems wrong: "practiced speaker" is more usual, meaning well-experienced.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 1, 2022 at 22:11

1 Answer 1


The verb agrees with the subject. The subject is "who" which refers to "she" so the verb has third-person-singular form:

... who impresses..

  • Thanks, I also agree with you.
    – Arun Singh
    Dec 4, 2021 at 17:28

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