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

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Jury is vs Jury are vs Jury has vs Jury has been

This question came in the Dhaka university admission test 2012-13 Q) Which of the following is correct? (A) The jury are arguing among themselves. (B) The jury is arguing among themselves. (C) The ...
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By the time I get to Khulna this evening, I _____________ more than three hundred miles

This question came in the Dhaka university admission exam in 2013-14 Q) By the time I get to Khulna this evening, I _____________ more than three hundred miles. (a) will driving (b) will be driving (c)...
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Which auxiliary would be correct here?

More than one reputable scientist has/have been introduced to what I am calling the spirit of wonder through an early fascination with science fiction. Since, the subject is plural,I suppose 'have' ...
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This reaction ... come/comes from

People of all ages generally prefer to have as much freedom as possible in determining their behavior. When individuals feel that their actions are being unfairly limited, they often attempt to ...
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Does that grammatical construction makes any sense?

I read in definition of: "n unmet need" the following: "Unmet need for family planning is defined as the percentage of women of reproductive age, either married or in a union, who have ...
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Multiple subject phrases with present simple

I wrote a sentence which was corrected by my teacher. When I asked them to explain, they weren't very clear. Here's the sentence I wrote: Busy restaurants and overcrowding on trains increase the risk ...
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Is it compulsory to use past participle form of verb in possessive form of verb? [closed]

In a passage there is written, "oil and coal are burnt mills and factories." Can't I say, "oil and coal are burn mills and factories"?
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Plural quantifying expression + "of" + uncountable noun – which verb form?

Consider the following NPs: 500 years of history 100 liters of milk 300 grams of apple pie When used as subjects in full clauses, which verb form do these NPs take – singular or plural verb? Am I ...
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"follow a trend of" vs. "follow a trend which leads to be”

Is the following grammatically wrong? The global car companies follow a trend, which leads to be carbon neutral. My teacher change it to The global car companies follow a trend of carbon neutrality. ...
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Subject-verb agreement with infinitive

Physical activity has the potential to improve the physical and mental health of people, reduce all kinds of chronic diseases causing mortality and improve life expectancy. Physical activity has the ...
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"The biggest loser...IS personal meetings" or "The biggest loser...ARE personal meetings"?

I have a grammar question that I'd like to know the answer to that came up in a discussion. Which of the following two versions of a sentence is correct? a) The biggest loser among free-time ...
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Why is it "play" instead of "plays" in "What we’re seeing *play out* there are..."?

I'm having trouble understanding the grammatical structure of the two sentences below. Shouldn't it be "plays out" instead of "play out" in both of these sentences, since the ...
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"To Be" conjugation with Inversions?

Looking at the TV was/were John and Jane. Should "to be" be conjugated in the singular or plural form? My first thought was that it should agree with Looking at the TV; after all it comes ...
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Is it correct to say "I win. He lose" or "I win. He loses"?

Say, Tom is playing chess with Bob and Mary is watching them playing. Tom has just checkmated Bob and right after the checkmate he turned to Mary and say "I win. He lose" or "I win. He ...
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Who takes or who take

I’m kinda confused on this. Which one is correct, I have a sentence does it say: I need someone who takes my picture or is it: I need someone who take my picture ?
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Does he *has* a ball?

As we know, third person singular uses "has" instead of "have". But why do you say, "Does he have a ball? Yes, he has a ball."
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? (he *suggested* Anna *uses* ... when negotiating a sale.)

I came across a sentence from BBC English at work. The video is an English lesson, in which a male character has just suggested some phrases that "Anna" can use to negotiate a price with a ...
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As well as, as a conjunction

I, as well as he, am a doctor. I as well as he are doctors. In example 1, the verb agrees with the first subject because of commas while in the example 2, verb agrees with both subjects because of ...
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Why 'accessing' in 'Accessing to the room is not permitted for guest' is inappropriate?

Accessing to the room is not permitted for guest A reference book says that 'Accessing' should be replaced by 'Access'. But I think it's correct that gerund phrase as subject
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Am i using is/are correctly in these sentence?

His house and my house is close to school canteen (I used "is" instead of 'are" because we are co-owner/sharing one house) His house and my house is close to school canteen (we both ...
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Question with 2 subjects connected with "not only... but also..."

In case of "Not only . . . but also", the verb agrees with the second subject or the one that is nearest the verb: Not only I but also he is going to Japan. However, I'm struggling with ...
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"Collaboration skills" refers [3rd pes sing] to skills that... OR "Collaboration skills" refer [plural] to skills that...?

When we are talking about words or phrases that are plural in form, but that are in themselves singular, which verb form do we use? Example: Collaboration skills refers to skills that... Here I've ...
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She is a confident and a practical speaker who always impress/impresses the audience

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 ...
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All I got was/were macarons. All I had was a bruise and a cut

I need to ask what does "got" in this sentence mean? All I got was/were macarons Does it mean I "received" macarons or I have got (as in possession) macarons? And why did we used ...
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Money come vs Money comes?

Today I came across a quote Money come by love or by vote. I directly thought that it might just be a mistake, because I think it should be "Money comes by love or by vote.", but when I ...
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Super confused: discrepancy in subject-verb agreement in "reputable" publications

Asked similar question before but after looking into it, my questions was not answered. Do publications have their own rules about subject-verb agreement? For example, I wrote: 1 in 3 U.S. adults have ...
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Compound subjects

When we use more than one subject in the sentence and compound them with "or" and "and" the verb will be singular or plural? For example: Red bricks or stone is / are all we have ...
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Anything / something / nothing and ... as a subject

Can you please explain these kinds of pronouns? The verb after these pronouns is singular or plural? For Example: No one but athletes understand / understands this problem. Everybody except weirdos ...
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"It have looked" - Is it correct sentence?

It have looked like i was running away. Is this correct? And if it is, why? I tried to find the answer, but I couldn't. All the dictionaries tell me that it's correct, but why isn't it "It has ...
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Does this sentence violate Subject-Verb agreement rules?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It is irksome when some colleague inflicts their tasks on you by telling you about his more urgent tasks. The person in question is a male, but still this ...
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“Which has” vs “which have”

In the videos and pictures which have surfaced online, Gowda can be seen walking barefoot in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan stopped briefly to greet PM Modi... Why has the writer used “...
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Is "give" or "gives" the correct way in this case? [closed]

I am trying to understand what form is correct in this sentence. "Full access" gives/give permission to see the report about scheduled hours. For context, we are explaining what "full ...
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Which is correct between Case A and Case B?

Based on the following sentence, which analysis is correct, Case A or Case B? The few minutes of attention he is giving you is sacrificial. Case A: core noun : attention determiner : the few ...
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Is 'all of which accompanies the meaning and goes beyond it' grammatically correct?

In this passage from "Understanding the Subject of a Poem": Instead, people go to the trouble [of writing poetry] because poems sound a certain way, are built in certain shapes, and have ...
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"where are/is your 'ears'?" [closed]

Which one of these two sentences is accurate? where are your "ears"? where is your "ears"? Which one is grammatically correct? Why?
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What is the subject of the verb 'was' before 'when' in the second clause?

It was at this time of year that people believed the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred, and was when the souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes. (2) Is the ...
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Is "degrees" singular or plural?

I was talking to native. They corrected me and said that usually we use "is" with degrees. For example: There is 27 degrees here. And we shouldn't use it like that: There are 27 degrees ...
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Plural or singular verbs with lists of single elements

Another plural/singular verb question that I feel must have been asked before but cannot find a good example on ELL or the usual grammar websites. I know the rules for compound subjects. The dog and ...
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Printing DVD and CD inserts is / are quick and simple

Printing DVD/CD Inserts Is Quick And Simple With Our User-Friendly Online Ordering System. or Printing DVD/CD Inserts are Quick And Simple With Our User-Friendly Online Ordering System. I assume ...
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there are a number of/there is the number of

I know that it should be "a number of people are", "the number of people is". We get this: There are a number of people at the bus stop. There is the number of people at the bus ...
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Using "is" in this question with plural noun?

Can someone explain why we use "is" in this question: What is going to happen to global temperatures in the next 50 years? Is it because we are collectively thinking about temperatures as ...
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Compound Subject-Verb agreement issue

Can I merge the service and experience as a similar case of "bread and butter" to use the singular form of the verb "has" as in the sentence mentioned below? "Over 5 years of ...
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Use of 'was' or 'were'

I am confused in this sentence about the use of was or were. Basket after basket was/were filled with mangoes. I think was is suitable.
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What verb to use with Only

Which sentence is correct? Which verb should I use when only is present at the beginning of the sentence? Only me and Alia was there Only me and Alia were there
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When 10 minutes pass or passes?

Which is correct? When 10 minutes pass, move on to the next station. OR When 10 minutes passes, move on to the next station. Also: When 5 minutes are up, the next player picks a card. OR When 5 ...
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X, together with Y, [duplicate]

I am currently studying for the GMAT and fell onto a sentence correction question: The sentence is: The cat, together with my dog, ...any verb... Should the verb be singular or plural? The cat, ...
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a mass of clouds is / a mass of clouds are

I was given a sentence: Venus is covered in a mass of clouds which is thought to be a couple of miles thicker. The correct answer to which was: Venus is covered in a mass of clouds which are ...
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There were a king with a large jaw... or There was?

I am reading the novel 'A tale of two cities'. In the novel, the sentence goes like this: There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face. My question is why there were is used here. ...
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Are/is - which is the right word for the given scenarios?

What these movies will be are sequels of older films. What these movies will be is sequels of older films. What these kids will be are late for school. What these kids will be is late for school. IS ...
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A singular verb comes after "any of [plural noun]", or a plural one?

In some English text it is said that we should use a singular verb in the following example: Any of the computers needs updating. However, it is said that in the following examples we should use ...
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