1. Either of the two resolutions are made by me.
  2. Working out, as well as reading, are some ways to release stress.

It says the subject-verb agreements in the following sentences are incorrect.
These sentences seem fine to me.
Could you please explain what's wrong and why?

Source: from a Complete Canadian Curriculum book, in the English section.

  • Could you add the source of these examples? – user3169 Oct 25 '14 at 5:33
  • There. I edited. – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Oct 25 '14 at 5:35
  • I'm thinking that you probably ought to get yourself a better grammar book. :) – F.E. Oct 25 '14 at 8:24
  • Why? What's wrong with this one? – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Oct 25 '14 at 18:27

In both sentences the predicate should be "is". The rules are the following: if the subject is expressed by either of, none of, neither of we use a singular verb as we mean one item ( "either of" meaning "either this or that one"), in the second sentence we have "as well as", the sentence can be rephrased: working out just like reading ( we compare two things, but caracterise one of them, the first one, so the predicate agrees with it, if it' s singular the verb is singular and if plural it requires a plural verb

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  • Could you please add some grammar sources to show where those "rules" could be found? – F.E. Oct 25 '14 at 8:17
  • "None of them are" is actually quite common, more common than "none of them is"; see COCA. – snailplane Oct 25 '14 at 8:22
  • "Either of the two resolutions is/are made by me." This sentence sounds unnatural to me regardless of the verb chosen. It works with 'neither ... is/are" or "Both ... are", but not really with "Either ... is/are". – tunny Oct 25 '14 at 9:16
  • @tunny I agree the first sentence is strange. "Either of the two options is acceptable to me." or "Either of the two resolutions could be made by me." would make more sense. – ColleenV Oct 25 '14 at 10:41
  • I found a web page that explains the subject verb agreement rules and explains that In informal writing, neither and either sometimes take a plural verb when these pronouns are followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with of. This is particularly true of interrogative constructions – ColleenV Oct 25 '14 at 10:54

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