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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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Which form is correct in the following sentence?, has not or have not

“His family hasn’t/haven’t seen him for a long time.” What is correct?
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Is this a subject-verb agreement mistake in a well-known newspaper?

The Guardian: We've built good relationships with people's families, which really help us to develop a true sense of person-centred support. I believe that it should be "which really helps us"......
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Is the sentence “If he don't come, ring and shout!” correct?

While reading Tolkien's The Fellowship of The Ring, I noticed one character saying "If he don't come, ring and shout!". Is this sentence really correct, or did the author purposely wrote it wrong? If ...
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Please explain “There are some things it is better…”

There are some things it is better for a father not to know. There are some things it is better never to know. I can't understand how the sentences are grammatical. Isn't "that are" better suited ...
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The use of do and does as an auxilliary verb?

1) All of these things doesn't give me an excuse to run away? 2) All of these things doesn't gives me an excuse to run away? 3) All of these things don't gives me an excuse to run away? 4) All of ...
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“one of the things which is …” or “one of the things which are …”?

The question is simple: Which sentence is correct? This is one of the things which is really important to her. or This is one of the things which are really important to her. When I think ...
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The number of both IS / ARE

Which of the following sentences are correct? The number of both cars and motorcycles is ten. The number of both cars and motorcycles are ten. I think the first one, since the noun is "the number", ...
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Is “There is 300 tonnes of water” correct in terms of grammar?

Can I write: "There is 300 tonnes of water"? We can definitely write: "There are 300 bottles of water" but I am not sure if this is the case with tonnes, dollars, pounds .etc?
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Posting memes, photos and jokes ‘is’ not or ‘are’ not?

Which one of these two sentences is correct: Posting lame memes, photos and jokes IS not gonna make you funny. Posting lame memes, photos and jokes ARE not gonna make you funny.
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I am a 26-year-old who hasn’t or haven’t?

I’m a 26 year old guy who hasn’t watched X... I’m a 26 year old guy who haven’t watched X... Which one would be accurate?
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Can We Always Use Plural Verb With Plural Nouns Or Plural Subject 2019

I want to know that can we always use a plural verb with a plural subject or a plural noun like take this example -: We are nerd. or We are nerds. is correct
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Plural or Singular verb for a noun without “s”

The audience of Justin Bieber concert is/are very high! The staff of Company A has/have low morale right now. Should I use is/are or has/have in above case?
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Someone, anyone, somebody, everybody. Are those 3rd or 1st person?

Is there any rule or a reminder I can use? I've got confused all the time. Is it "Someone say" or "Someone says"? Is it "everybody say" or "Anybody says"? And the most confusing for me is "Nobody ...
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Which one is grammatically correct?

1: Abraham's contact number john saved in the phone. 2: John saved abraham's contact number in the phone. Which one is grammatically correct? My teachers are saying that both of these are correct but ...
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Neither of my parents {drinks/drink} coffee [duplicate]

If you are given such sentence, Neither of my parents drinks coffee. Should the verb be "drinks" or drop the s?
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Rare context in which 'one of the' is used

I understand the logic behind use of plural verb in 'one of the' sentences like "He's one of the soldiers who have been shot" OR "this is one of the buildings that have been burnt down" But it's ...
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'evidence' can take plural verb?

It seems to me that the scientific evidence for the benefits of a vegetarian diet are numerous In this sentence, the verb 'are' is wrong or possible? As far as I know, the noun 'evidence' is ...
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Why is “is” used rather than “are” as the form of “be” in this sentence?

Why is "is" used rather than "are" as the form of "be" in this sentence? ...carrying out attacks on the VC's residence, office, vandalism as well as disrupting classes and university activities in ...
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Question regarding subject-verb agreement

Is the following statement correct: Presenting research at various forums and participating in numerous science fairs have introduced me to the world of research communication Or is the italicised ...
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“Our content is all about geography quizzes” or “our content are all about geography quizzes”?

"Our content is all about geography articles" or "our content are all about geography articles"? Which one is correct? I thought the second one is but when I type it, the Grammarly tells me it's ...
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subject verb agreement. It's you, not Tom, who is/are to blame for what happened

It's you, not Tom, who is/are to blame for what happened. The model answer here is "is". When I search for the reason, I come across a rule as follows. Then I am totally confused. Why does this rule ...
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Subject Verb Agreement - noun clauses

There are so many types of noun clauses: wh-clauses, that-clauses, etc. In most cases, when they are subjects, they are followed by a verb in the singular form. But are plural verbs used when they ...
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One of the things that “fascinate/fascinates” us most about cats

One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives. Can I use "fascinate" not "fascinates" to direct to the "one"? I first thought that "fascinate’" ...
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Verb after “which in turn”

In this sentence: As a result, the process of importation and exportation sets in, which in turn helps world economy greatly. The verb in question is the word help. Where does it need to agree with? ...
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using “of” in case of separate ownership of the same kind of thing singular/plural choice

I am bit confused of the singular or plural choice when it comes to the belonging relation of two things when using the X of A and B. I'd like to express that A and B both own the same type of ...
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Neither Nor subject agreement

You know that forks don't fly off to the Moon and that neither apples nor anything thing else on earth cause the Sun to crash down on us. As far as i know , with 'nether-nor', verb cause should agree ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement: The horse and carriage is ready [duplicate]

A rule in my text book says If the 2 subjects separated by 'and' refer to the same thing/person/suggest the same idea, they take a singular verb. E.g. The Horse and Carriage is ready I feel ...
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Is it “what are the differences or what's the difference” when we compare three things?

Is it "what are the differences or what's the difference" when we compare three things? I am wondering if we can use the singular in the situation when we compare 3 things instead of 2 as we normally ...
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is vs are when used with a subject in plural form [duplicate]

Which one is correct? A and B are acceptable price for that or A and B is an acceptable price for that
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Should I use “Is” or “Are” in a sentence that has two uncountable/abstract nouns as the subject?

Which of the following is correct? What is the fund manager's historical operating experience and track record? What are the fund manager's historical operating experience and track record?
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There's lots of flavors out there [duplicate]

This comes courtesy of one of the episodes of Friends (Youtube): There's lots of flavors out there. Shouldn't 're be used here in lieu of 's?
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One of these most intelligent students whose example (is/are) being

Please help me with One of these most intelligent students whose example (is/are) being followed (is/are) David. (question 42) I have checked its answer, but I still don't understand it. The ...
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“experiences aligns” or “experiences align”

I'd like to share how my experiences aligns with your requirements. Is that a correct sentence? Or is it supposed to be "experiences align"?
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Subject-Verb agreement: the adjustment[s?] of the X and the Y lag actual conditions in the labour markets

A few hours ago I asked what lags meant in that specific context as I have not used that term before. I am now confused, I can't seem to be able to satisfy the subject-verb agreement (between ...
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Use of verb after WHO

I have a doubt regarding the use of the verb "has or have " after who in the following sentence, I request you my work to be evaluated by Mr. Bender and Mr. Joseph who has expertise in the work ...
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This is one of the most entertaining movies that has/have appeared this year [duplicate]

This is one of the most entertaining movies that has/have appeared this year. Can't figure out with certainty whether the subject is singular or plural. Seems like has is the obvious answer but ...
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Does go and goes

1)who does go there now-a-days? 2)who goes there now-a-days? My book said sentence 1 is incorrect while sentence 2 is correct can anyone please explain this.
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Ali is a great manager. He is/was a born leader

I'm having trouble with the following sentence: 1) Ali is a great manager. He is a born leader. 2) Ali is a great manager. He was a born leader. I'd say that (1) is the right one since Ali ...
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Compound subject and Singular/Plural verb

What is Mr. X and his father doing? What are Mr. X and his father doing? Which one of the above is correct? My friend says that both are acceptable in accordance with the context in which they ...
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was/were allocated

Should "was" or "were" be used in the following? One million dollars was/were allocated for disaster relief. Millions of dollars was/were allocated by the government. I'd appreciate your ...
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I or We after “With …”

The sentence I am writing looks like this: In collaboration with X and Y, [I/we] developed a method for ... [I/We] showed that the method works well in situation Z. I would say that the first ...
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Tired parents and happy kids lives here

I saw many plates with such sentence, but isn't grammatically incorrect to use "lives"? Shouldn't it be just "live"?
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What is correct meaning of this sentence: “The drinks included some wine, which was apparently not very good.”?

I am confused with the correct meaning of this sentence: "The drinks included some wine, which was apparently not very good." Which of the following should be implied from it: Whether all of the ...
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A question regarding the indefinite pronoun “something”

I'm having trouble with the following sentences. Which one is correct, or both are possibly correct too? 1) Wow...something smells good! Is it hot dogs? 2) Wow...something smells good! Are they ...
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Subject-verb agreement 'It makes me feel'

I'm a bit confused with the subject-verb agreement of this phrase: It makes me feel like something. Why is the word "feel" not "feels" since "me" is singular?
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“Whose three interior angles each measure” or “measures”?

I get stuck by this sentence: Equilateral triangle: A triangle whose three sides are all equal in length and whose three interior angles each measure 60°. Is measure in this sentence a verb or a ...
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“It {cost / costs} a lot to live there”?

In the simple present tense, which one is true based on this sentence? And, please explain. The food in Japan is expensive. It {cost / costs} a lot to live there.
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“He just borrows them, not steal(s)” — Coordination of a negated verb in ellipsis

Little John keeps borrowing Bob's colored pencils but he's too playful to remember to give them back. Bob's mom is upset and talks to John's about it. John's mom would say something along the lines of ...
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“you did not know this and how it work”

You did not know this and how it work. Is the above sentence grammatical? As per my understanding, it should be You did not know this and how it works Breaking it into two sentences we will get ...
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What's the difference between “The Greenford team have” and “The Greenford team has”?

The Greenford team have completed the installation and hopes that word will soon get around about this life-saving equipment AND The Greenford team has completed the installation and hopes that ...