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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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'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 ...
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“He ought to love her forever” or “He oughts to love her forever”

Can anyone explain to me? But I found that most of the sentences use 'he ought'.
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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 ...