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What is the subject here?

I am confused about this sentence: do I use do or does? Will it depend on what the subject is? Which is the correct one? What do your best friend's parents do? What does your best friend'...
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Singular–plural choices in subject+verb agreement, notional agreement, and pronouns with ambiguous antecedents

The original version of a particular sentence: EWB is a group of engineers that, unlike many engineering corporations, assist people around the world by applying its knowledge to solve problems in ...
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Can I write, “The two best things about the party was the food and the music?”

The two best things about the party was the food and the music. Is the statement right or not? If it is not right then what is the right statement? I am not clear about if we are using plural noun "...
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Does this sentence follow the rule subject verb agreement? [closed]

"Let the rain come down." This sentence is part of the song.
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Does this sentence follow a correct subject verb agreement rule? [closed]

The increased earth temperature cause increase in the global warming.
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'All he wrote is novels ' or 'All he wrote are novels'?

'All he wrote is novels ' or 'All he wrote are novels'? I understand there is subject-verb agreement in English, but I always feel it should be 'All he wrote are novels'. Then does it become object-...
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Grammar with since as a conjunction

Which one is correct between the two given sentences and why? 1) It is five years since I saw a movie. 2) It has been five years since I saw a movie.
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Why is it grammatical to say 'It's the holidays'?

I have come across the following sentence in Oxford Grammar for Schools 4 by Martin Moore: It's the holidays. I don't have to get up very early. Why isn't the subject of the sentence in agreement ...
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Grammar Agreements? [closed]

Someone I — usually — speak to wrote me, something like this: It has, and may never, exist exist, existed? What form would one use to get though grammatically proper, in English?
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What is the “s” at the end of some words and where does it go when talking about multiples?

I just recently wrote a sentence to a client, then had to correct the sentence and wondered about one of the words. I wrote the sentence: Any Sunday in September works Then I realized I could ...
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“Heavy rains has” “Today's news are”

I just found these questions in a test on the internet: 'Heavy rains has caused flooding in several parts of the south west.' Is this sentence right or wrong? Also: 2) 'Today's news are all ...
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Which noun should I make the verb agree with in this sentence?

One set of events in Lord of the Flies that shows how William Golding is a pessimist is/are the murders of Piggy and Simon and the attempted murder of Ralph. Don't know whether to use "is" or "are." ...
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“it can lead to” and “it leads to”

I'm trying to figure out why it is okay that "it" stays the same but "lead/leads" changes with just the addition of "can." Can someone explain this to me? It does not follow the rules of subject-verb ...
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Subject verb agreement in a sentence with and

We know that if two or more singular nouns are joined with 'and' they take a plurality verb but if they convey the same idea they take a singular one. Can you help me out with the following sentence:...
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Takes or take, subject verb agreement

1. Veronica takes a lot of time. 2. Let Veronica take her time. Could you guys help me with the grammar rule involved while deciding why we'll use the verb 'take' and not 'takes' in the second ...
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Use subject in every sentence

In this phrase, is necessary the use of "I" twice? I can do it by myself and I believe that will be no problem Could be: I can do it by myself and believe that will be no problem It looks like ...
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Why is the correct answer “divides”?

The question comes from an English Exam test, TOEFL The Dewey Decimal System, currently used in libraries throughout the world,_______ all written works into ten classes according to subject ...
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I have two questions. Q1. Conditional Q2. verb agreement

I would like to know which one of the below two sentences are right: If I am in Russia, I will get in touch with you or If I will be in Russia, I will get in touch with you. The three best ...
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Does 'yield' still agree with 'the subject' in 'measures can be undertaken that yield/s positive outcomes?

Good day, does 'yield' still agree with the 'subject' in the following sentence? The place of the modal verb 'can' is confusing. Some people contend that measures can be undertaken that yields ...
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SV agreement: does the second verb in the clause after “and”, sharing the same subject as the verb in the first clause, use the same sing./plr. form?

The sentence is: "The machine's remote-control unit puts you in charge of starting and stopping your workout and ____ the speed and direction of the oncoming tennis balls." The question is from ...
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“Such are his usual responses…” or “Such is his usual responses…”?

I was confused by Grammarly which keeps saying that I have to use is instead of are in the example below. Such are his usual responses to every question he is being asked. Can someone clarify ...
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Should the verb in this sentence be singular or plural “The temperature of the hot and cold reservoirs limit the maximum possible efficiency.”?

The question title says it all. I'm working on the sentence The temperature of the hot and cold reservoirs limit the maximum possible efficiency. And I think the verb should be "limit" because the ...
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“That's my rubber and ruler” Why isn't it “they are” as there are two objects?

A: That's my pencil case and my pen and pencil. B. Oh! That's my rubber and ruler. Why is it not “they are” as there are two objects? I found the example in Junior New Concept English for ...
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Either / Neither singular or plural

I'm new to English. I wonder whether neither / either will go with plural or singular verbs?
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Most vs most of the

Most people are afraid of swine flu these days. Is this correct or should we write "most of the people" in place of "most people"?
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Implied subject with a conjunction

I'm in the process of proofing an article that's about to be published, but I have a doubt I can't seem to solve or figure out, any advice would be appreciated. The sentence currently is as follows: ...
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The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting “was” or “were”?

What is the correct verb The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting was presented and discussed or The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting were presented and discussed Should it be was or were?
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plural or singular verb agreement in this sentence

In another question I asked a question about this sentence For example these compounds are appropriate replacement for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) due to their low vapor pressure. As a side ...
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Congratulations to those whose hard work have paid off

Should it be have/has paid off in the above sentence? What is the reasoning for this?
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“Walking makes him feel good.” - Why don't we use “makes him feels good”?

I'm confused on why the following is correct. Walking makes him feel good. Since "him" is the third person (he/she/it). Shouldn't it be: Walking makes him feels good. This sounds wrong, but ...
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Should I use “happen” or “happens”?

Should I use happen or happens in the following sentence: Everything in life, even events that seem insignificant when they occur, happens/happen for a reason. I am confused because everything ...
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If you have two verbs governed by he/she/it, does the second verb also need to be singular of only the first one?

When you use he, she, or it in a sentence, you need to modify the verb for the third person singular, but what happens if we use two or more verbs in the same sentence? Example: The thief steals and ...
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verb agreement with “and not” in subject

Which of the following two sentences is correct? The teacher, and not the students, is speaking. The teacher, and not the students, are speaking.
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Use of the plural form when listing two objects in succession in technical writing

I have a rather technical sentence: The mean mesiodistal positioning error for the posteriors was 0.09±0.09 mm and 0.05±0.01 mm for the control and experimental groups, respectively. I feel as ...
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Subject-verb agreement question

Which sentence is correct, These accusations of plagiarism has to stop These accusations of plagiarism have to stop The reason that I ask is because I believe the first sentence is correct,...
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subject-verb agreement when 'amount' is used

Even a small amount of gases have / has a large effect. This sentence is an exerpt from a reading passage, which is talking about CO2 in global warming. It says CO2 accounts for only 0.038% in the ...
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Why only past tense?

FYI. There is referring to a picture of teens smoking. "Her friends asked her to smoke and she seemed to be unsure." Why can I not use present simple? Should I use past perfect "had asked"? "Her ...
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What is the difference between “depend” and “depends”?

Could someone explain the difference between depend and depends? When do I need to add the "s" at the end?
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Make versus makes

Which of these is correct? Adding 's' or 'es' to nouns makes them plural words. Adding 's' or 'es' to nouns make them plural words.
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How many stops is it/are there to the park?

I just read a question in Oxford Word Skills about bus routes: 'How many stops is it to the park?' Although I feel "how many stops are they..." sounds awkward, "how many stops are there..." sounds ...
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A pair of scissors are or is

A pair of scissors is or are? which one? My teacher at lyceum said that it is are but I want to make sure.
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percentage of the population usage

I was wondering which is correct. 20% percent of the population is a man or 20% of the population is men. I understand that a singular verb is to be used but...
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Why is this not a pronoun error? “To those of us who had heard the principal [..] the news of the staff cuts was not surprising.”

From the SAT: To those of us who had heard the principal of the high school talk about the budget, the news of the staff cuts was not surprising. Why is it had and not have? Because isn't those ...
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When to use “their”, “his or her”, “them”, etc. when referring to people in a group

I'm very confused about how to correctly refer to individuals in a group. For example, which one is correct? Today's youth has begun to ignore what is happening around it Today's youth have begun ...
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“Half of the” vs “half of”

Over half of the domestic flights were delayed because of bad weather condition. Over half of domestic flights were delayed because of bad weather condition. First, Is there any difference b/w the ...
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“A variety” singular or plural

A variety of pleasant items in the shop attract [plural] everybody. A variety of animals are kept at the zoo. A wide variety of dishes is essential for a successful restaurant. A variety/range ...
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Is it correct to ask “who needs a dragons”?

According to the title of this question... Who needs a dragons Is it "a dragons" or just "dragons"? And "need" or "needs"?
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The natural sciences WERE or WAS the subject (of …)

What is the correct verb choice (were or was) in this sentence: a) The natural sciences WERE the subject of our discussion. b) The natural sciences WAS the subject of our discussion. Also, what ...
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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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“Who is Lisa friends with?” or “Who are Lisa friends with?”

Is it correct to ask Who is Lisa friends with? or should it be Who are Lisa friends with?