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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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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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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 would be the passive voice of this line?

"Little strokes fell great oaks." I think, it's passive voice is "Great oaks was fallen by little strokes." Am I right ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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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“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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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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“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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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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Would 'the type of people who work' or 'the type of people who works' be the one?

Which one is correct? A: "the type of people who work a lot" or B: "the type of people who works a lot"? I think it is B, but my girlfriend who is a native speaker told me the correct answer is A.
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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 first five questions” – singular or plural?

Which sentence is true grammatically? Why? The first five questions is related ... The first five questions are related ... some guys have argued that " The first five questions" is an unit itself ...
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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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Are these two agreements all right?

Wiktionary.com has two examples for ‘as well as’: conjunction and preposition. Are the two sentences below grammatically correct? (preposition) He as well as you is right. (conjunction) He as ...
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Can can someone please elaborate on this multiple choice question

Line 11 ("Flexing of structures due to normal atmospheric heating and cooling put much more stress on the waterproof seals") should be rewritten as: The Correct answer is highlighted in Green. Could ...
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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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“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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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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Does singular or plural verb goes with plural nouns like trousers, glasses, scissors, binoculars and many more?

My glasses (was/were) lying on the table. My trousers (is/are) torn. (This/These) binoculars (was/were) gifted to me. I know they're in plural form, but plural nouns such as rickets, measles ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...