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Questions tagged [subject-verb-agreement]

A singular subject requires a singular verb form, whereas a plural subject requires the plural verb form.

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Is saying “ I never did say that” correct, grammatically?

My question here is that can we use never plus did plus the first form of verb?
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The subject of the verb following while?

I remember I was taught in school that if the verb follows while its subject may not share the same suject with the main clause. For illustration, in the following example: While John was sleeping ...
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Only dead fish “go” or “goes”?

In the following quote, why does it use "go" instead of "goes"? Only dead fish go with the flow. Don't be a dead fish!
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Is “staff” singular or plural?

In the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary there is an example for "get by": We can get by with four computers at the moment, but we'll need a couple more when the new staff arrive. (Emphasis ...
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As each of them touches down… is it touch or touches?

Context: Paratroopers are landing. My brain says it should be: "As each of them touch down,..." but then again, it could be "As each of them touches down,..." You could argue that plural noun/...
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Why is “bad news seemS” and not “bad news seem”?

In an online English test I found that "bad news seem" is wrong, the correct would be "bad news seems" as in the sentence: Bad news seems to be more attractive than good news. I'm considering ...
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“Ten bucks says…“ or ”Ten bucks say…"? Which is correct? [duplicate]

In the movie Avengers I, when the Cap said,“At this point, I doubt anything would surprise me.” Then the director Fury answered,“Ten bucks says you’re wrong." I understand that Fury was betting ten ...
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Which article to use with 'are'?

I read the following sentence from an article online: We are a species trapped by a series of brightly lit screens. Is it grammatically correct? Or should it be "We are the species..."? Are both ...
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“A handful of soldiers is/are always better than a mouthful of arguments.” — which verb fits here?

Which verb to use, 'is' or 'are', in the following case? A handful of soldiers is/are always better than a mouthful of arguments. The original sentence, that I've got uses 'is'; I wonder why, ...
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correct usage has or have?

As discussed yesterday, this numbers have to increase.. In the above sentence, Is it correct to use have instead of has. Numbers are always described as singular. In this sentence have is used and ...
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n pages of changes IS vs n pages of changes ARE

Should it be: 6 pages of changes is certainly copious or 6 pages of changes are certainly copious
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a glass of milk , two glasses of milk which one takes singular verb and which one plural?

milk is uncountable but when uncountable nouns is placed in a countable container then it becomes countable . So , when i use a glass of milk it becomes countable but either it is singular or not ...
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Subject verb agreement case

More than one tree/trees release/releases oxygen even at night. Can anyone explain me which options are correct in both the cases?
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Subject verb agreement error

Slow and steady win the race. or Slow and steady wins the race. I know that 'wins' is the correct answer but can anyone explain me why? And why 'win' can't be filled there and where is ...
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fractions in subject-verb agreement

Reference: The Copyeditors Handbook, SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT, rule-9, page 343 According to the rule, following would be correct; One-third of the six members were women. Two-fifths of my ...
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The renovation and extension of the building WAS / WERE completed

I've run into the following sentence: The renovation and extension of the building were completed in 2017. Is the verb to agree with what has been done to the building - or the building itself? '...
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“The first five questions” – singular or plural?

Which sentence is true grammatically? Why? The first five questions is related ... The first five questions are related ... some guys have argued that " The first five questions" is an unit itself ...
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reduced oxygen levels is / are a problem? [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether "is" or "are" should be used in the following on standardized tests: Reduced oxygen levels in the river is / are a problem for aquatic life. I'd appreciate your help.
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Which one is correct “Where are” or “Where is”?

I am confused which one is right. Where is personname1 and personname2 ? or. Where are personname1 and personname2 ?
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“If there is any” vs “If there are any”

Should I use "if there is any" or "if there are any" in the following sentences? Are they all correct? Can I ever use if there is any with singular countable nouns?  Please let me know if there is ...
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Should “warrant” be singular or plural?

Symptoms of this illness that warrant a doctor visit include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as the loss of appetite. Is the dependent clause "that warrant a doctor visit" is referring to the ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement: What if someone asked me to find the subject and predicate of sentence1? Getting Tricky- See comments

"Bartenders" and "are" are what I believe to be the subject-verb agreement in both sentences. Is this correct? The reason I was ask is because at first I thought the subject was "cognac". The ...
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I'm confused with this sentence. There are multiple verbs, and one is plural. Does this make the subject-verb agreement incorrect?

Sentence -"Our pet alligator has been stalking neighborhood pets because my brother Billy forgets to feed the poor reptile." My questions is two fold. If the answer to my question is wrong, and the ...
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Can can someone please elaborate on this multiple choice question

Line 11 ("Flexing of structures due to normal atmospheric heating and cooling put much more stress on the waterproof seals") should be rewritten as: The Correct answer is highlighted in Green. Could ...
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Which one is correct Is or Are?

"Measuring blood pressure and also heartbeat is/are important for everyone" "is" or "are" ? Why? I think "is" is correct but I'm not sure. Is the word "also" important here? Does it add another ...
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Wondering the proper grammar for “is” or “are” [duplicate]

I'm hoping to learn the proper grammar for a question I just asked a colleague. The first of two calipers shipped to us is here. The first of two calipers shipped to us are here.
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Is the word “all” singular or plural?

For example, is the following sentence correct? All is well! If it is correct, then it means that "all" is singular. Then how come the phrase All hail Caesar is used because it suggests ...
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verb agreement with “a laptop and some books”

There is / are a laptop and some books on the table. Question: What would be grammatical to use in the above sentence; is or are? Grammarly (a grammar checking tool) considers, somehow, both to be ...
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I saw x while y

I stumbled across a sentence recently I saw a baby bus while its proud mother showed it the way I feel like while should be replaced with as, or saw with watched. Can anyone tell me if this ...
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Identifying Subject-Verb Pair In a long sentence [closed]

Lately I have been having some trouble trying to find the subject-verb pair in long sentences. For Example : I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they ...
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“There is” or “There are” a man and a woman?

There is a man and a woman standing nearby the drugstore. or There are a man and a woman standing nearby the drugstore. ?
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“makes everyone feel” or “make everyone feels”

https://www.lingq.com/lesson/lesson-26-giving-a-speech-431421/ "Talking about milestones and achievements makes everyone feel involved and positive, and it also shows how hard you worked for the ...
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Should it be “the number of” or “the numbers of” when assigning n numbers to n groups?

I have 3 groups with 3 different number(s) of subjects in each one. Should I say The number/numbers of subjects in groups 1, 2, and 3 is/are x, y, and z, respectively. I presume that since I have ...
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Does the verb agree the subject here? “… where three quarters of the world's population lives…”

In developing countries, where three quarters of the world's population lives, women produce more than half of the food. Shouldn't it be live in agreement with three quarters?
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grammar subject verb agreement- people like me who is happy all the time“ or ”people like me who are happy all the time"? Is it is or are?

Do I say "people like me who is happy all the time" or "people like me who are happy all the time"? Is it is or are? Seems like it should be are as people are plural.
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Question of verb agreement with complex subject

A professional puppeteer could control all the puppet and tell stories on the basis of classic such as Faust. So mastering literature, as well as sculpting, painting puppets and making costumes, ...
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subject and verb agreement

The contradictions of mass slavery and poverty side by side with boundless leisure and abundance was only one side of the picture. From CIVILIZATION AND BEYOND Learning From History by Scott Nearing ...
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Which verb to use when there are two compound subjects where one subject is possessive noun? [closed]

Sarah and Ann’s sister is/are away on an important assignment.
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“That” and subject verb agreement

Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engages sight. or Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engage sight. or ...
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The French EAT or EATS (nationality-verb)

As for 'nationality-verb agreement' (subject-verb agreement) why is that the answer is wrong? Is this equal to Frenchmen= The French?
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We was or We were which is correct?

I several times, particularly,while reading novels, encountered the sentence ' we was ....' .But as per my knowledge is concerned were is appropriate verb instaed of was. Please explain it. Thank you ...
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“porn is widespread” or “porn are widespread”

Which one is grammatically correct? porn is widespread. porn are widespread. I have found examples of both on the web, does it mean the sentences are correct and both have the same meaning?
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A PART of the group who damages/damage?

This is not the same as the other topics. "I don't want to be a part of THE GROUP who damages/damage the reputation of their own company." What you are trying to say is, you don't want to include ...
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Subject / Verb agreement?

I queried the use of the phrase: "This is the other thing people coming from that sector tend not to understand: in this sector there is no such thing as promotions or bonuses." It looked completely ...
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Which one is a correct sentence 'classes has started' or 'classes have started'

When I asked why not the classes has started, one of my friend suggested a correction: "have started" My question is: which one is correct?
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Verb-Subject Agreement

✔1. There are many health problems to over come, each is of vital importance. ❌2. There are many health problems to over come, each are of vital importance. Why is the word "are" incorrect in ...
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he or she vs their when using 'one' as a pronoun

Mindfulness allows one to cope with their daily challenges. Is "one" correct with "their" here? I want to know if it is okay to user their (instead of he or she) when using 'one' as a pronoun.
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Is “it is you that is wrong” correct?

I know that between ”it is you who are wrong” and ”it is you who is wrong”, the former is the correct version. However, if I change who to that, is the same still true? It is you that are wrong. ...
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Verb matching with a subject that is essentially plural, but is actually singular.

I was looking over my writing and it came to me, it referring to the question. This was the sentence, I was looking at. In particular, his mother’s French, with his father’s Russian ...
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What is the rule of concord/agreement when it comes to using the first noun after 'there is\there are'?

I have come across the following sentence: 'There were one or two people I didn't know' in "Oxford Word Skills (Intermediate). I take it that the word 'person' is implied after the word 'one' which ...