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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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"It's both talent and hard work that are/is required." — Why is "are" incorrect? "Both talent and hard work" is plural and must agree only with "are"

proofreadnow.com: If the subject consists of two or more words that are connected by "and" or by "both ... and", the subject is plural and requires a plural verb. From this text, ...
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My back is not growing as I want / I want it to grow

In the book, Grammar in use 5th ed. As = in the same way as, in the same condition as. We use 'as' with subject (S) + verb (V):- I didn’t move anything. I left everything as it was. You should have ...
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Which is the subject here?

We know that subject of an Imperative Sentence (You) remains understood. For example, "Look at the cuckoo in that tree." Here, subject of the intransitive verb 'Look' is "You", ...
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Every A and B - singular or plural

Every mother and father wants their child to succeed. My grammar book and every other source I've found says wants is correct because a subject with every is always singular. However, my English ...
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What will be the subject verb agreements

They or I ___ responsible for it.
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"I met the man whose car I had tinkered with" OR "I met the man whose car had been tinkered with by me"

I met the man whose car I had tinkered with. I met the man whose car had been tinkered with by me. which is the correct sentence? can we use another subject for the subject of a relative clause? ->...
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"What are their values?" what is the subject in sentences like this?

A few hours ago, a kid asked me the subject of a sentence, which was "Linda makes black forest cake", and I answered 'Linda' by explaining 'Who makes the cake' 'the doer' of that action (...
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"As + Sub + Verb"

As = in the same way as, in the same condition as. We use as with subject (S) + verb (V): I didn’t move anything. I left everything as it was. You should have done it as I showed you. do we leave ...
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"This might occur when a male and female horse see each other." — Why is it correct to use the singular "horse" with the plural "see" here?

an excerpt from the book "Walking the Way of the Horse", page 111: ... horses can use their front legs and hooves to strike at other horses. This might occur when two horses meet for the ...
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"There is" or "there are" with compound subjects that have a mix of plural and singular elements [duplicate]

There is a cat, a dog, and an elephant in the room. There are two cats, a dog, and an elephant in the room. There is a cat, two dogs, and an elephant in the room. In the first sentence, all of these ...
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Many a girl... have or has?

Many a girl in this class _____ got high scores in English. Saw this on elsewhere. To me it seems the blank can be "have" but not "has". All choices: is are has have
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Is the plural verb "were" correct considering the supplement?

That book — and this one — were particularly intriguing to me, someone who has known the family for years. Source:- https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/donald-antrims-one-friday-in-...
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"All the four types of meat consumption is" [closed]

In an IELTS essay where I need to analyze the trends in this chart, I wrote: In the future (this test was given in 2007 I wanted to act like a test taker at the time), all the four types of meat ...
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Using a singular or agreement with "audience"

it's our audience are children and adults our audience is children and adults our audiences are children and adults I am kind of confused
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Why does Grammarly say the verb 'were' is incorrect in 'There were a prince and a princess'?

There was a prince and a princess There were a prince and a princess Why does Grammarly show 'were' as an error here? A prince + a princess = 2 people Correct subject-verb agreement There were ...
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Bus or Buses in Subject-Verb Agreement

I've written the following sentence but am unsure if the subject-verb agreement is correct. I'm uncertain if the second "bus" should be plural. It doesn't sound right but I think the rule is ...
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collective nouns subject verb agreement

Which of the following is correct? The committee debates these questions carefully. or The committee debate these questions carefully. I am confused on when to use plural form of the verb with ...
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Verbs in plural after a singular noun [duplicate]

These are some sentences I found in some academic books I was reading: A small white blob is reflected there, precisely where Beth’s camera-flash left behind proof of her presence as if the daughter ...
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Questions about verbs

70% (700) of the total data is used as training data, and the remaining 20% (200) are used as validation data. I am in the process of creating presentation PPT materials. Is are used as correct in ...
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Two cats and one dog (were/was)

Consider the following sentence: Two cats and one dog (were/was) sitting on the fence Logically I would think the correct word to use here is "were" considering that we are talking about a ...
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Noun and verb after "either one or all": singular or plural?

I think it is grammatical to say "Almost every day, either this table or that one is reserved." What about the following sentence? "Almost every day, either one or all tables are ...
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What form of the verb is used with a subject like "little me"?

I want to say that I look innocent in an old picture of mine and I don't know if I should say: "Little me looks so innocent"; or "Little me look so innocent" (without an "s&...
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Some questions about notional agreement

I learned from some resources that notional agreement is not a rigid rule but rather a matter of preference. But they also suggest that there are times when notional agreement works better, and the ...
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Which is the correct subject verb agreement in "The majority of the class was/were"? [duplicate]

"The majority of the class was having problems with simple subject-verb agreement problems..." Correction: "The majority of the class were having problems with simple subject-verb ...
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"What Has" or "What Have," and Why?

Which of the following is correct (and, most importantly, why)? A glimmer of light after what have been long weeks of darkness. A glimmer of light after what has been long weeks of darkness. (The ...
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What kind of verb should be used after 'A century of + a plural noun'

In the following sentence, which verb is right? A century of discoveries in genetics ( has / have ) unlocked the secrets of our DNA.
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subject-verb agreement When two singular words are joined by not only . . . but also

When neither… nor… or either… or… are used with two singular nouns, the verb can be singular or plural. A plural verb is more informal.From Oxford Learner's Dictionaries I wonder if When not only . . ...
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Singular noun is something and something?

I get stuck by the following sentence from this article: Noam Chomsky: The False Promise of ChatGPT. The crux of machine learning is description and prediction; it does not posit any causal ...
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Which is correct? "…who copy/copied from who?"

Is it grammatically okay to say: Between John and Abraham who copy from who? Between John and Abraham who copied from who?
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Which one is correct

"How many days has it been since I purchased the subscription" or "How many days have it been since I purchased the subscription". My limited knowledge says me "has it been&...
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Subject-verb agreement of singular-plural

Top of mind on Capitol Hill as lawmakers return from recess this week are the annual spending bills to keep the government open, which must be enacted by the time the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. ...
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Agreement of a verb with its subject when another noun phrase appears between them [closed]

I failed this question in a test but I don't think I was wrong. Instruction: Choose the correct vèrb from the pair in parenthesis. knowledge of different cultures (helps/help) to survive in a global ...
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Is the sentence in the post correct?

"We were intelligent enough to know that a sample size of one does not a conclusion make" ? Is the sentence above correct as per the grammatical rules of English ? If yes then what set of ...
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Is "some of the fruit" plural or singular in this case?

Is "some of the fruit" plural or singular? We are familiar with the verse from the bible "She took some of the fruit and ate it.". Here "some of" refers to a piece of a ...
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'how reasoning and acting more human-like works' [duplicate]

This is from one of "for dummies series". Our current daily data production is estimated to amount to about 2.5 quintillion (a number with 18 zeros) bytes, with the lion’s share going to ...
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Subject-verb number agreement relating to "services"

I understand the subject-verb number agreement rule but had a hard time locating answers relating to types of and use of the word "services." I assume that you don't use plural types if ...
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each (of them) have vs has

I am wondering if the following sentence is correct. There are 200 individuals who each have two alleles at single nucleotide site of interest. In my opinion, have should be changed to has. Is it ...
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"Is" or "are" for two uncountable words?

"The commonality and difference among these concepts is/are still unclear. So our paper sheds light on it/them." ‘Is’ or ‘are’ for two uncountable nouns/subjects According to the above ...
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Verb form with name of subject ending in "studies"

Which verb form should be used with names of subjects ending in "studies" – that is, for instance, subjects such as "religious studies", "literary studies", and so on? ...
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"which sentence(s) is" vs. "which sentence(s) are": how should one conjugate a verb when the subject is a word followed by (s)?

I wonder how to conjugate a verb when the subject is a word followed by (s). For example, which of the following two sentence(s) is/are correct: Which program(s) are needed? Which program(s) is ...
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Here are/is my rhinoceros and horse

Which is correct in this example? Here are my rhinoceros and horse Here is my rhinoceros and horse
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What verbform should I use with coordinated activities as a subject? [duplicate]

If the subject in a clause is singular, the verb form should be singular, and if the subject is plural, the verb form should be plural. So far, so good. But what about subjects that coordinate two ...
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How to choose which part of a compound subject the verb agrees with in an interrogative sentence?

The horse has been found. The cattle have been found. Both are correct. The cattle is plural always. We cannot insert "a" before it. We cannot say "a cattle". When two sentences ...
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What you said is/are both true and false?

What he said is both true and false. What he said are both true and false. Which one of these sentence is correct? Which word can be considered as a subject in these sentences?
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Singular Noun With Plural Verb?

I'm currently struggling with whether to use a single or plural verb after an singular noun for the same event that happens multiple times. Example: The catalyst for these celebrations are/is ...
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Why is it "need" in "it need not be thus" instead of "needs"?

But it need not be thus This sentence boggles me. I expected to see "it needs not" or "it does not need to". What am I missing?
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Does relative clause agree with main subject?

Consider the sentence: The trout that swim in the center of the river keep themselves safe. The main subject is "trout" which is single, but the main verb is "keep". Shouldn't ...
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How does this sentence follow subject verb agreement?

I dont understand how the following sentence is following correct subject and verb agreement. Do authors think that including examples from the text files has widespread applicability? Grammarly ...
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Increasing temperatures means

I saw the following sentence in a magazine. To my surprise, the plural subject "increasing temperatures" is paired with the singular verb "means." Is it a typo or a correct usage? ...
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By 5 units less or simply 5 less?

In France, 25 units of electricity were produced from gas, and by 5 units less were produced with the help of oil. Should I use 'by' here (I want to say that 20 units of electricity were obtained ...
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