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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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“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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 would say 'they are ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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 “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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“Rupees is/are interchangeable”

Which of these sentences is correct? Rupees are interchangeable with dollars or Rupees is interchangeable with dollars.
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Which take or Which takes

I get confused everytime I use which or that and refer to someone. For example, which one is the correct to say: 'that courage which takes him up' or should I say 'that courage which take him up'. ...
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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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“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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Which way: One and one ARE two? One and one IS two?

Which verb is grammatically correct when used to describe addition? One and one are two. One and one is two.
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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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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 ...
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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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“Who is speaking with each other?” Is this correct?

When who and what are used to ask for the subject of a clause, they most often have singular verbs, even if the question expects a plural answer. Practical English Usage, Michael Swan, Third edition, ...
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Is “Your cooking made me happy” acceptable?

Your cooking made me happy. Is this correct? Can "your cooking" be used as a noun? The more I read it, the weirder it sounded to me.
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“The ebb and flow of the tides ARE (IS?) now understood” - compound subject and verb coordination

Correct the sentence: The ebb and flow of the tides / are / now understood. In the above sentence I can go by two ways: First is that according to are I should be using the before flow thus ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement

Sentence that needs correction: Sensationalism in television shows masquerading as "news" programs are making it difficult for serious journalism to compete for ratings. The correction should be ...
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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 ...
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What my son likes the best on TV (are/is) cartoons?

What my son likes the best on TV (are/is) cartoons? My approach: What my son likes the best on TV is cartoons. According to me, the sentence means he likes a single thing which are cartoons. ...
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How to agree with a negative statement: with “yes” or with “no”?

This question here asks about answering negative questions: How to answer a negative question in English? I have a completely different question. I want to know: how do we agree or disagree with ...
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How do I understand Subject-Verb inversion?

I know Subject-Verb inversion is the format to form a question. When we start a question with 'What', What it means? -improper What does it mean? -proper But then, if we start the question with ...
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Conjunction reduction

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It is common for a native American who has never driven a car to move to another part of the country and have to learn to do it. My guess is that the ...