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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 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 ...
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A popular source of information **is** social networks of users

Consider this sentence: A popular source of information is social networks of users. What I mean here is that social networks in general (not any particular social network and not all of social ...
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Subject verb agreement in “The art of some cultures have/has…”

The art of some cultures have/has shorter histories than others. In this case, the verb should agree with "art", not "some cultures", as far as I know. I am wondering if "have" is correct in this ...
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Who is/ are your favourite band?

I have a piece of exercise requesting me to write a question with who. Coldplay - they’re my favourite band. -> Who is/ are your favourite band? I wonder if I should use is or are, because band ...
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Feelings she hardly (recognize, or recognizes)?

I'm confused what verb is correct. Feelings she hardly recognize. Feelings she hardly recognizes. Is the verb 'recognize' for 'she' or for 'feelings'?
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Regarding usage of “doesn't ” and “don't” [duplicate]

I have heard sentences like "He don't like this ." Or "He don't know this ." Shouldn't it be "He doesn't like this." And "He doesn't know this." Why with singular person we use "don't" and not "...
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Why “The pump don't work …” correct here?

"The pump don't work 'Cause the vandals took the handle." -- Bob Dylan I came across this sentence in a book. It looks like the author quoted that sentence written by Bob Dylan -- who might be a ...
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“people who puts … their mouth is” vs “people who put … their mouths are”

So you'd say you’re one of those people who puts their money where their mouth is? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/theenglishwespeak/2012/06/...
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“It was Bob and Tom” – why not “They were”?

What is the rule of concordance/agreement in the following sentence? It was Magnus and Claudia I have come across the type of agreement as in the example sentence above quite a few times. Could ...
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Haven’t, hasn’t, hadn't

Do I say His classmates hasn’t been interviewed?” Or haven’t or hadn’t? It is pretty confusing to me, especially the past perfect, present participle
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What is correct, “demonstrate” or “demonstrates”?

What is correct, "demonstrate" or "demonstrates"? in this sentence from CNN: The announced concessions on dairy in the new USMCA deal demonstrates once again that the Canadian government is willing ...
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Common mistakes: subject-verb agreement [duplicate]

ERROR: The counselor recommended that he goes to a community college. CORRECT: The counselor recommended that he go to a community college. I found the above example here. What is the context and ...
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cut and cuts subject verb agreement?

As per the subject-verb agreement, if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular He sings. if a subject is plural, its verb must also be plural. They sing. I have seen some examples ...
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She and her sisters ____ our dog (adore) …what should come here?

Do we treat it as singular or plural? Will it be adore or adores?
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The use of has or have to answer question

Which one is correct out of the sentences below? Has your children been to the US ? or Have your children been to the US?
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Can the Subject agree with both singular and plural forms in one sentence?

Contextual sentence: Legatus Sollemnis arrived on the Wall at the Rock with the Sixth Legion’s cavalry detachment shortly after darkness fell two nights later. Problematic sentence (follows ...
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Which is more appropriate , “was” or “were” and why?

If I were you and was ... Or, If I were you and were... Google results show that the former is correct but hypothetical statements use "were". I'm confused between the two sentences.
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Which one is correct “Response surface method aid/aids efficient optimization”?

Which one is correct: Response surface method aid efficient optimization or Response surface method aids efficient optimization
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My mom has been strict in this matter or have been strict?

Which is more preferable in this sentence, "has been" or "have been"? My mom {has/have} been strict in this matter.
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Verb agreement and relative clause

In relative clause, does the verb agree with noun, even if the subject is relativized? In other words: which one is correct? I love the apple that is still fresh I love the apple that are ...
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Number agreement after (very dominant) interrupting phrase

The typical rule (e.g. here) is that number agreement for a sentence with an interrupting phrase should be with the item before the interrupting phrase. For example: Joseph needs to buy some new ...
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If “Olympics” is singular, why does it use “were”?

Source But the Olympics were really only a staging post in a much more fundamental reshaping of the Chinese capital. On blog.esllibrary.com, I found "Olympics" is a singular: Decision time: ...
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What's the structure of the sentence?

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-powerful-general-xi-jinping-henchman-meets-mattis/ The Americans fear China's military leaders—untested in combat—combined with an array of new high-...
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tense in answering a question about prose or poetry

Can anyone please tell me if I am asked questions in present tense from a prose and poem, should I give answers in present tense or in past tense? Here is the poem 'The Owl' by Edward Thomas from ...
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matching the verb form with complicated subjects

I recently came across a sentence: The second class of disparates have more to do with the particular foibles of the aperture involved. Here, the verb is in plural form, I guess, in relation to ...
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What does a cow give us?

"What does a cow give us?" I am just wondering if 'COW' is singular, shouldn't the sentence be What does a cow GIVES us?
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An increasing number of patients…(has or have?)

This is taken from an exercise book, but I don't quite get it why the answer is ''have'' on this. An increasing number of patients seem to be dissatisfied with conventional medicine and has/have ...