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I know if a subject is singular and we're talking about something that is continuous we put an "s" after end like:

This is what the suffering ends in.

But what if the subject is plural? Like:

This is what winter streets end in.

Is my sentence correct?

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  • I don't get what you mean there! 'ends in' always talk about the results. What results you are talking about especially for those 'winter streets'
    – Maulik V
    Dec 18, 2015 at 6:24
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    Neither one of those sentences are understandable. (I am a native American English speaker)
    – user19874
    Dec 18, 2015 at 6:27
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    @avid19: is understandable.
    – Ricky
    Dec 18, 2015 at 7:41
  • @Ricky To be fair, constructions like this (especially none are) are quite common in colloquial English, despite being "incorrect".
    – Era
    Dec 18, 2015 at 15:32
  • @Era: "None are" is, in fact, correct. Not every time, though.
    – Ricky
    Dec 18, 2015 at 20:53

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Yes, your sentence is correct.

End in is particular verb phrase that means:

Have as its final part or result

See the entry for end in the Oxford Dictionary.

So, the verb phrase follows the normal rule for subject/verb agreement. A singular subject takes a singular verb, and a plural subject takes a plural verb. For present tense regular verbs, the only person & number that ends in S is the third person singular. All the others do not require an S.

Since winter streets is third person, plural, you do not add an S to the verb to make it plural.

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Both example sentences are grammatically correct, but neither one makes much sense.

In answer to your question, it follows the ordinary rule for subject-verb agreement: typically, a singular subject uses a verb ending in -s and a plural subject uses a verb without the -s (in the present tense).

That man runs a mile every morning.

Those women run a mile a day.

The verb to end is not special in this case.

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