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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Should it be 'is' or 'are' after a number with a unit?

What would be the right form of to be in the examples below? Five miles [is/are] a long way to walk. Preliminary results [is/are] better than no results at all.
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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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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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“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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Does the following sentence clearly convey that it is 'the Earl of Kent's who was against the king?

The prince and even his brother,the Earl of Kent,who was against him, sympathize with him. I want to convey that the Earl of Kent was against the king, not the prince, but they both sympathize with ...
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Which is correct with the subject “bad spelling and grammar”? IS/ARE turn-offs/a turn-off

Bad spelling and grammar is a major turn-off. Bad spelling and grammar are a major turn-off. Bad spelling and grammar are major turn-offs. Which of the sentences above is correct?
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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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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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Use of S and es

Finally, results of the proposed technique and existing technique are compared which show that our proposed technique acts significantly to achieve better results in terms of cost, wait, and ...
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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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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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I saw x while y

I stumbled across a sentence recently I saw a baby bus while its proud mother showed it the way I feel like while should be replaced with as, or saw with watched. Can anyone tell me if this ...
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“You and your X, your Y, your Z that comes…”. Why is the verb in singular form?

The third sentence in the book Packing for Mars is: You and your fluctuating metabolism, your puny memory, your frame that comes in a million different configurations. Why is the verb (come) in ...
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institution with a plural verb in British English

I'm wondering whether it's common for a subject referring to a business to go with a plural verb in British English. For example, would it be natural to say "QuickStart Inc. are planning to expand ...
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Why place a connective in between a subject and an auxiliary verb?

Sometimes it is the people that(or who) nobody imagines anything of, who do the things that(or which) no one can imagine. I question why should we place who in the above sentence. For example: The ...
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It's me who do it or it's me who does it?

I just want to check which one native speakers say (more often) "It's me who do it" or "It's me who does it"? xpda said: ""It is me," is more common, and correct. However, "It is I who am here," is ...
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Subject-verb agreement is/are in certain specific cases

Which form of the verb "to be" is correct in each of the following sentences or phrases? My best guess is listed for each case: Neither one of them is/are... I think it's IS because neither one is ...