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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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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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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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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 ...
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“Neither they nor I am an idiot at all” or “Neither they nor I are idiots at all”

I'm wondering which is grammatically correct: Neither they nor I am an idiot at all. Neither they nor I are idiots at all.
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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 ...
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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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The renovation and extension of the building WAS / WERE completed

I've run into the following sentence: The renovation and extension of the building were completed in 2017. Is the verb to agree with what has been done to the building - or the building itself? '...
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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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Why should “are” be used here instead of “is”?

The sentence given in our book is as follows, More important than winning is developing the ability to work with others and developing leadership skills We are supposed to find where the mistake ...
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Common mistakes: subject-verb agreement [duplicate]

The counselor recommended that he go to a community college. I found the above example here. What is the context and why not goes after he?
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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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reduced oxygen levels is / are a problem? [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether "is" or "are" should be used in the following on standardized tests: Reduced oxygen levels in the river is / are a problem for aquatic life. I'd appreciate your help.
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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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Which one is correct “Where are” or “Where is”?

I am confused which one is right. Where is personname1 and personname2 ? or. Where are personname1 and personname2 ?
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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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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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“If there is any” vs “If there are any”

Should I use "if there is any" or "if there are any" in the following sentences? Are they all correct? Can I ever use if there is any with singular countable nouns?  Please let me know if there is ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement: What if someone asked me to find the subject and predicate of sentence1? Getting Tricky- See comments

"Bartenders" and "are" are what I believe to be the subject-verb agreement in both sentences. Is this correct? The reason I was ask is because at first I thought the subject was "cognac". The ...
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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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“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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“One of his good traits [ comes / come ] to my mind is his honesty”

One of my exercises was to spot errors in sentences. Q: One of his good traits comes to my mind is his honesty. A: The word comes should be replaced with come. Is it correct? One (singular) ...
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Is or are in this context

Which of the following is right in this context? Who is your favourite footballer and cricketer? Who are your favourite footballer and cricketer?
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I'm confused with this sentence. There are multiple verbs, and one is plural. Does this make the subject-verb agreement incorrect?

Sentence -"Our pet alligator has been stalking neighborhood pets because my brother Billy forgets to feed the poor reptile." My questions is two fold. If the answer to my question is wrong, and the ...
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Which one is correct Is or Are?

"Measuring blood pressure and also heartbeat is/are important for everyone" "is" or "are" ? Why? I think "is" is correct but I'm not sure. Is the word "also" important here? Does it add another ...
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Wondering the proper grammar for “is” or “are” [duplicate]

I'm hoping to learn the proper grammar for a question I just asked a colleague. The first of two calipers shipped to us is here. The first of two calipers shipped to us are here.