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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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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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Many a teacher and many a student has/have

Many a teacher and many a student has attended the lecture. Many a teacher and many a student have attended the lecture. Which one is correct? And why?
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“India has” or “India have”

English is not my first language. Sometimes I read some mistakes in newspapers and get confused. Please check below sentences and let me know your valuable feedback. As per newspapers: India ...
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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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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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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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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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Subject verb agreement and usage of “where”

I'm having trouble deciding which one is correct here. I know that if it just was: "In this modern era where everyone is busy", Would be correct subject-verb agreement. I'm not sure about the other ...
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“Hope this help” or “Hope this helps”?

Good evening all, I often see people write "hope this helps" at the end of a communication, especially when they are trying to answer other people's queries about computer problems. Recently, my ...
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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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Subject verb agreement question: AND or ARE?

Getting hired by a well-known company OR getting enrolled at a famous college ARE good examples of this. Good examples of this ARE getting more easily hired by a well-known company OR getting ...
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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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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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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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It is one of the worst things that have/has faced our world?

“It is one of the worst things that have/has faced our world.“ Would “have” or “had” be correct?
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Priority is the ones vs priority are the ones?

A - Top priority are the ones you already know. B - Top priority is the ones you already know. C - Top priorities are the ones you already know. Is A correct or B? I'm inclined towards A. I think ...
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Subject verb agreement

I think below sentence has a subject/verb agreement. Here noun is singular but there are two adjectives. Public and private life is to be governed. If the sentence has an error, please explain ...
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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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not all was lost was that . Too many was

From the book "Sapiens": One reason German soldiers and civilians thought not all was lost was that they believed German scientists were about to turn the tide... From the above sentence there ...
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Any with singular countable nouns in questions

As far as I know, a countable noun should be plural after any in questions. For example: Are there any books on the desk? So is it incorrect to say: Is there any means of contacting him? (...
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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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A and B gives or give? What should I use, singular or plural?

I want to express that fact A and fact B generate/produce/yield fact C. However, I want to state that as "A, (together with B), [give/gives] C." What should I use? Give or gives.
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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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verb according to which subject in case of 'or' 'either-or' and 'together with'

Has Ram or his friends come to school? I am confused about the rule When two subjects are joined by 'neither...nor', 'either-or','or' etc the verb follows the nearest subject (Ram) or the second ...
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Does anyone “has” or “have”

I have read a similar question here but that one talks about the usage of has/have with reference to "anyone". Here, I wish to ask a question of the form: Does anyone has/have a black pen? What ...
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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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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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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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When to use “he know” and “he knows”

Well I just read book in my friend house and there I notice that there was sentence like He knows how to do that task but what if I use it like He know how to do that task That thing is still ...
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“Neither they nor I am going to buy lunch”

I know the verb should agrees with the closest noun (or pronoun). But I feel "are" is better with the following context. Anyway, which one of them is correct and more common? Neither they nor ...
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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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“wait for no man” or “waits for no man” — subject being “time and tide”

Which is the correct usage? Time and tide wait for no man. or Time and tide waits for no man.
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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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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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“There IS/ARE rice, meat and tomatoes on my plate”

I saw this sentence on Internet recently written by a native speaker, so I wondered why native speakers tend to use this grammar. Explain to me why I should I use "is" instead of "are"? Is it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should “warrant” be singular or plural?

Symptoms of this illness that warrant a doctor visit include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as the loss of appetite. Is the dependent clause "that warrant a doctor visit" is referring to the ...
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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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Verb agreement with made up words

I've made up two words for my personal needs in a story. They are "mostbody" and "fewbody" used in a dialect in direct speech (see explanation here. Introduce new English dialect). I would like to ...
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right usage of subject verb agreement: “There is only one of his novels that are/is interesting”

There is only one of his novels that** are** interesting. Is this correct? If not which part is wrong, please tell me which explanation based on a sub-verb agreement. In my book, it says If a subject ...