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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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Can we use "there is" for plural nouns?

Is the following correct: There's a sofa, two armchairs, a TV and a big cage for our parrots. Or should we change it to: There's a sofa, there are two armchairs, there's a TV and a big cage ...
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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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"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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Should I use 'is' or 'are' with this complex subject?

What form of to be would be right to use in this case? Why drug abuse in general and cannabis consumption in particular is/are dangerous for your health.
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Plurality of verb depending on plurality of list elements

This question is also open on EL&U: “There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not? Considering the amount of controversy it aroused, I believe it's past "Learners'" ...
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Are amounts of money singular or plural?

Are the two sentences correct or is one of them incorrect? 1) Five billion dollars is earmarked for the project. 2) Five billion dollars has been earmarked for the project. I know dollars are ...
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Which is the correct question ("Who has" vs "Who have")?

The situation is that: We've already read three English novels. Which is the correct question for that situation? Who has already read three English novels? Who have already read three English ...
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How can I explain to a non-native why the plural of a noun isn't used adjectivally?

How can I explain to a non-native speaker that while this is correct: The felling of trees. And this is also correct: tree felling This is not: *trees felling To a non-native it seems ...
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Is a company e.g. Pfizer, singular or plural?

Here is from an article from the Economist magazine: One drug he talks about is an antidepressant called reboxetine (branded as Edronax by its makers, Pfizer) that he used to prescribe to his ...
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Band Name Grammar

If there is a name of a band, like The Black Keys, do you say "The Black Keys are awesome*" or "The Black Keys is awesome"? Normally, you would say a band is 'they,' but then you ...
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A sentence from Swan's PEU using plural 'are' and not singular 'is'

In Swan's PEU (3rd Edition), an entry number 157 of 'discourse markers' reads... There are a very large number of these 'discourse markers', and it is impossible to give a complete list in a few ...
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One of is followed by plural noun/pronoun and singular helping verb

One of the boys who always give/gives the correct answer is Samuel. As per rule, one of is followed by plural noun/pronoun and singular helping verb, so we should be using gives in the sentence. But ...
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The thing that scares me the most are the little oranges in its stomach

Sally says "The thing that scares me the most are the little oranges in its stomach." at 4:50 in the TV drama "3rd Rock From the Sun S1E3 Dick's First Birthday". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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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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"None is" or "none are"

I was asked if the following sentences will create problems and what are the assumptions I have to make: (d) There are grammarians in the room but none of them is an American. (e) There are ...
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IS or ARE? "The only thing that I want you to hit right now IS/ARE the books"

In this sentence, which is the right word? The only thing that I want you to hit right now is/are the books.
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Is or Are with OR?

Here is my construction, If e1 or e2 are positioned a non-zero angle with respect to f, a single intersection point is directly considered. If e1 is unfixed, the sweeping of e1 through the ...
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agreement with so and neither

We agree with positive statements using so-too: I have a red car. (Sara) So does Sara But with the negative statements we use neither-either: I don't have a brother. (Jhon) Neither does ...
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Is the word "all" singular or plural?

For example, is the following sentence correct? All is well! If it is correct, then it means that "all" is singular. Then how come the phrase All hail Caesar is used because it suggests ...
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What is the purpose of using "don't" instead of "doesn't" in this phrase: "But she don't know you like I know you Slim" [duplicate]

I was listening to Eminem's song Stan. I noticed in one verse he says: But she don't know you like I know you Slim... At first I didn't believe my ears, but when I read out the lyrics I got ...
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Verb forms for "any" and "none" — have or has?

That car is way better than any car any of us have/has ever driven. None of us know/knows which direction Ron's house is (in). I have two questions here. In both the cases, are we to use the ...
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A group of boys is/are [duplicate]

1) A group of boys is playing football. or 2) A group of boys are playing football. My teacher told me the first sentence is correct since of boys can be ignored to make: A group is playing ...
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The Beatles were/was

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. Source The Beatles were? Aren't/isn't The Beatles a proper noun and it refers to one group? I don't understand why WikiPedia and ...
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"It doesn't matter" or "It don't matter"

Which one is correct: "It doesn't matter" or "It don't matter"? I think the first one is correct but in the lyrics of Adele's song, "Hello", the second one is written.
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Is "mathematics" singular or plural?

I always say "mathematics is funny" (ok, maybe many of you disagree about the adjective), but then I noticed that "mathematics" seems to be a plural, like the Greek word from which it derives. Am I ...
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"Macaroni and cheese (is/are) on the lunch menu"

Is the sentence "“Macaroni and cheese is on the lunch menu.” correct? I mean there 'is' is used as verb because two item means one unit. Or 'are' will be used?
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What is the subject of this sentence

I've seen this sentence in someone's facebook status but it sounds unnatural to me. I'm the Rumplestiltskin who spins straw into gold I thought it should be spin because the subject is I, but I'm ...
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"Both John and Christina takes an apple." or "Both John and Christina take an apple."?

Both John and Christina takes an apple Both John and Christina take an apple. Which one is correct? Why?
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In the sentence: "Drinking and driving IS dangerous", why does the verb "to be" need to be singular?

In the sentence: "Drinking and driving is dangerous". Drinking and driving are both subjects and the word dangerous is the object (I think) but why do I have to use the verb to be in singular?
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Why isn’t the third person singular used in “The Lord bless you”?

I saw the following statement within the Longman Dictionary: The Lord bless you and keep you. But I think it should be like below: The Lord blesses you and keeps you. Because The Lord is a single ...
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All he had WAS/WERE bruises and cuts

All he had were bruises and cuts. All he had was bruises and cuts. What are the differences between these sentences? Are they both grammatical and, if so, which one is more natural?
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"more than one does" or "more than one do"?

However, if no x satisfies the equation or more than one x does—that is the solution is not unique—the problem is said not to be well posed. In the line(source: Wikipedia) above it uses "more ...
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Is "who" singular or plural?

Which one of the following is correct: What do residential areas in a big city look like, and who lives there? What do residential areas in a big city look like, and who live there? There are more ...
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“Was” or “were” in sentence where no noun subject exists

I can't figure out if the below sentence should use “was” or “were”, since I'm not sure what the subject of the sentence is. Is the sentence incomplete? How do I handle this kind of sentence, where no ...
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There has vs. There have [duplicate]

Which is the correct form of the sentence? There has been many instances of outbreaks in vaccinated populations vs. There have been many instances of outbreaks in vaccinated populations? The ...
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He is one of the men who do/does the work

Let us say, I have been given two sentences in an MCQ test and I need to pick up the correct one. He is one of the men who do the work. He is one of the men who does the work. Somehow, I lean ...
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"What makes her laugh IS ..." or "What makes her laugh ARE ..." - plural or singular?

Sometimes I get confused by the usage of "what" as a pronoun. Specifically, I am not sure if "what" stands for "the thing that" or for "the things that" or for both. For example, which of the ...
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time expression + has/have

1 After ten years has passed you can apply for possession of the land. Ten years have passed - ten long, lonely years - since Bill died at sea. I wonder why is there has in first sentence?. I know ...
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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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Should "neither/either" be followed by "have" or "has"?

In school, I was taught whenever coming across the pattern "either..or" or "neither..nor", we should always consider the noun/pronoun nearer to the verb when deciding which form to use. For example: ...
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The number of books in economics that we need to buy (is/are) three

1) The number of books in economics that we need to buy (is/are) three. or 2) A number of books in economics that we can buy for the course (is/are) available in the college book store. ...
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"Is the same" or "are the same"?

Which is the correct one? On average, the polyunsaturated fat content in one teaspoon of the olive oil and canola oil is the same On average, the polyunsaturated fat content in one teaspoon of ...
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Why no subject after “as”?

Please correct me, but does as function as a conjunction here? I already tried i, ii, and iii. Page 3: In any event it might be said that Hart ‘won’ the debate in the sense that it was his infl ...
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Do we use a plural or singular verb with "respectively"?

I need to know whether we should use singular or plural verb when we use "respectively". Example: Bob and Alice has BMW and Lexus car, respectively. Bob and Alice have BMW and Lexus car, ...
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'this is' or 'these are'?

I have the following sentences. This is our first arrival in the UK. These are our first arrival in the UK. I am not sure, which sentence is correct?
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"Two plus two {make/makes} four."

Two plus two make four. Two plus two makes four. What verb should I use there, make or makes? Provide a reason also for your answer, please!
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Is "a couple of something" plural or singular?

Which of the followings is correct? There are still a couple of months left until the end of semester. There is still a couple of months left until the end of semester.
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Is the s-v-a in this sentence correct? "Two teaspoons of sugar IS more than enough."

This sentence was made as an example by my trainer: Is the s-v-a in this sentence correct? Two teaspoons of sugar IS more than enough. According to the rule: The singular verb form is ...
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"Creation and deletion of accounts are performed automatically" or ".. is performed automatically"?

Creation and deletion of Active Directory accounts are performed automatically during recruitment or dismissal of the employee, respectively. I'm proofreading this text and I feel like there should ...
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"the problem was my nerves" or "the problem were my nerves"?

They tried anti-acids, also anxiety drugs in case the problem was my nerves. In the end, they sent me home since my life wasn’t in danger. Should it be was or were and why? I tried using Google ...
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