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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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Some questions about notional agreement

I learned from some resources that notional agreement is not a rigid rule but rather a matter of preference. But they also suggest that there are times when notional agreement works better, and the ...
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What form of the verb is used with a subject like "little me"?

I want to say that I look innocent in an old picture of mine and I don't know if I should say: "Little me looks so innocent"; or "Little me look so innocent" (without an "s&...
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There was a bed, a desk and two windows. Could it be "there were" in this sentence?

There was a bed, a desk and two windows in my room. Could it be "there were" in the sentence Above?
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Anything / something / nothing and ... as a subject

Can you please explain these kinds of pronouns? The verb after these pronouns is singular or plural? For Example: No one but athletes understand / understands this problem. Everybody except weirdos ...
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Use of 'was' or 'were'

I am confused in this sentence about the use of was or were. Basket after basket was/were filled with mangoes. I think was is suitable.
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Can I use 'a' after 'are' in a conjunction sentence?

'Black mold or toxic black molds are a hazardous health variety of micro fungus that usually grow in your buildings' damp areas—for example, bathroom, basement, kitchen, etc.' Q1: In the above ...
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Are subjects joined by “or” singular or plural?

When the or between the two subjects is exclusive I think people generally use the singular form: I'm still not sure if pizza or curry is the best option. But when considering a sentence with ...
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Use of verb when "either" is used in the sentence

For the sentence: Either the method used by the student or the techniques used by the teacher __________ a re-examination before we move ahead. Will we use 'need' or 'needs' for the blank? On ...
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Can 'It does “to” subject' be used in this context?

Wealth does not make you happy, but it does “to” me. I don’t want to repeat the phrase “make subject happy” as seen below, so can I say “it does to me”? Wealth does not make you happy, but it does ...
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Do verbs in interrogative sentences containing 'or' agree with the subject immediately after them?

Either my father or my brothers have paid for lunch. Either my brothers or my father has paid for lunch. I think both of these sentences are correct because the verb is supposed to agree with the ...
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In the lyrics of ‘Into the unknown’

There’s a phrase saying: “Everyday’s a little harder, as I feel my power grow” Isn’t it supposed to be ‘grows’ instead of ‘grow’ going by the fact that ‘my power’ is considered as 3rd person singular?...
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Are clear VS is clear

However, as long as the learning benefit of the games are clear, adults will enjoy them just as much, with the competitive aspect of a game perhaps adding to their engagement. In the above sentence, ...
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Is subjunctive usage justified here?

Context: One (younger one) of the father's sons furtively watches his dad trying to do a mediocre enough back flip but he generally never ever has tried doing it, couple of seconds later his older ...
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Is “I, you and he have committed a crime” correct?

Could you tell me if the following sentence is correct and why? I, you and he have committed a serious crime. I was giving a test which gave this solution and the explanation that 1st person ...
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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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Is 'all of which accompanies the meaning and goes beyond it' grammatically correct?

In this passage from "Understanding the Subject of a Poem": Instead, people go to the trouble [of writing poetry] because poems sound a certain way, are built in certain shapes, and have ...
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One of my friends who

a. One of my friends who works at your office told me that. b. One of my friends, who works at your office, told me that. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Is the punctuation of both ...
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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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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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"As + Sub + Verb"

As = in the same way as, in the same condition as. We use as with subject (S) + verb (V): I didn’t move anything. I left everything as it was. You should have done it as I showed you. do we leave ...
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Is the plural verb "were" correct considering the supplement?

That book — and this one — were particularly intriguing to me, someone who has known the family for years. Source:- https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/donald-antrims-one-friday-in-...
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Using a singular or agreement with "audience"

it's our audience are children and adults our audience is children and adults our audiences are children and adults I am kind of confused
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Questions about verbs

70% (700) of the total data is used as training data, and the remaining 20% (200) are used as validation data. I am in the process of creating presentation PPT materials. Is are used as correct in ...
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Which is correct? "…who copy/copied from who?"

Is it grammatically okay to say: Between John and Abraham who copy from who? Between John and Abraham who copied from who?
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Subject-verb number agreement relating to "services"

I understand the subject-verb number agreement rule but had a hard time locating answers relating to types of and use of the word "services." I assume that you don't use plural types if ...
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How to choose which part of a compound subject the verb agrees with in an interrogative sentence?

The horse has been found. The cattle have been found. Both are correct. The cattle is plural always. We cannot insert "a" before it. We cannot say "a cattle". When two sentences ...
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By 5 units less or simply 5 less?

In France, 25 units of electricity were produced from gas, and by 5 units less were produced with the help of oil. Should I use 'by' here (I want to say that 20 units of electricity were obtained ...
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A phone, tablet, or computer **is/are** used with care nowadays because people do not want to get addicted - is or are?

What form of the verb to use when the subjects are joined by a "or" and they are not mutually exclusive? Example 1 A phone, tablet, or computer is/are used with care nowadays because people ...
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Using plural noun + is and are

Can we use "is" and "are" like this: EVs is a recent trend and are more common in our area than in my grandparents'. Or, when to treat plural as a singular subject? These are ...
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Meaning of I have not to go there

Let's have a look at these sentences: 1.I have to not go there. 2.I don't have to go there. 3.I have not to go there. What are the meanings of these sentences. I think, the first one means that it is ...
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"follow a trend of" vs. "follow a trend which leads to be”

Is the following grammatically wrong? The global car companies follow a trend, which leads to be carbon neutral. My teacher change it to The global car companies follow a trend of carbon neutrality. ...
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"The biggest loser...IS personal meetings" or "The biggest loser...ARE personal meetings"?

I have a grammar question that I'd like to know the answer to that came up in a discussion. Which of the following two versions of a sentence is correct? a) The biggest loser among free-time ...
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Question with 2 subjects connected with "not only... but also..."

In case of "Not only . . . but also", the verb agrees with the second subject or the one that is nearest the verb: Not only I but also he is going to Japan. However, I'm struggling with ...
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"Collaboration skills" refers [3rd pes sing] to skills that... OR "Collaboration skills" refer [plural] to skills that...?

When we are talking about words or phrases that are plural in form, but that are in themselves singular, which verb form do we use? Example: Collaboration skills refers to skills that... Here I've ...
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Compound subjects

When we use more than one subject in the sentence and compound them with "or" and "and" the verb will be singular or plural? For example: Red bricks or stone is / are all we have ...
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Which is correct between Case A and Case B?

Based on the following sentence, which analysis is correct, Case A or Case B? The few minutes of attention he is giving you is sacrificial. Case A: core noun : attention determiner : the few ...
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What is the subject of the verb 'was' before 'when' in the second clause?

It was at this time of year that people believed the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred, and was when the souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes. (2) Is the ...
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Plural or singular verbs with lists of single elements

Another plural/singular verb question that I feel must have been asked before but cannot find a good example on ELL or the usual grammar websites. I know the rules for compound subjects. The dog and ...
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What verb to use with Only

Which sentence is correct? Which verb should I use when only is present at the beginning of the sentence? Only me and Alia was there Only me and Alia were there
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Subject verb agreement with collective noun

A bag of oranges that is ripe. A bag of oranges that are ripe. Should bag or oranges agree with the verb here? I think are is the correct choice here because oranges are what's ripe in this case. ...
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...furniture, books, "a laptop", paintings, and lamps are flying across the room

Men's clothes, designer furniture, books, a laptop, paintings, and lamps are flying across the room. My question is if I can put a laptop among the things when I end the sentence with are? Does are ...
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Was or were? Which one is correct?

"the handle of the doors was/were damaged." This was an example at our English class and it has gotten me confused. Which of them is the right answer and why?
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Anticipation of there is/there are

Please tell me, why can I not use There is and There are in the way I feel it based on my anticipation of the items listed? What is wrong with saying: There are a box of chocolates and a couple of ...
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Plural subject in "Who is back?"

I've always seen the "Who is back?" question with the singular verb "are", even when the question is rhetorical and the answer is clearly a plural noun but I recently came up against "Who are back?". ...
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Please explain "There are some things it is better..."

There are some things it is better for a father not to know. There are some things it is better never to know. I can't understand how the sentences are grammatical. Isn't "that are" better suited ...
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The use of do and does as an auxilliary verb?

1) All of these things doesn't give me an excuse to run away? 2) All of these things doesn't gives me an excuse to run away? 3) All of these things don't gives me an excuse to run away? 4) All of ...
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Question regarding subject-verb agreement

Is the following statement correct: Presenting research at various forums and participating in numerous science fairs have introduced me to the world of research communication Or is the italicised ...
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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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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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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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