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'Mice IS the scourge of the fields' <-- Plural noun - is/are - predicate noun

I have a question about verb agreement in sentences with the form: Plural Noun - BE - Predicate-Noun Are the following sentences grammatical? Video games is the way [to go]. Mice is the scourge of ...
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Upcoming singular they and verb + s/es

The user taps a link, then grabs their mouse. Is this correct? Or should one use “tap” and “grab”? My instinct is to mix “taps” and “grab”, due to the latter’s closeness to “their”, but I doubt such ...
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Verb number in relative clause appertaining to compound predicates

I have a sentence with a compound predicate, which I wish to modify with a relative clause. According to traditional American English grammar, should the verb in the relative clause be plural or ...
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Can someone explain the formal grammar behind this phrase: "glad shall he be"?

What is the formal grammar behind the phrase "glad shall he be"? I think the "he be" portion indicates subjunctive tense but I am not sure. Also, why is there "shall" ...
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"None of the customers were happy, _______?" What will the question tag be in this sentence?

My English teacher says it will be "None of the customers were happy, weren't they?" I know this is wrong, and it should be were they, but my teacher won't listen to me, so I just want to ...
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Active and passive voice

Which of the following statements is correct? It is I who am to be blamed. It is I who am to blame.
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"There is some" or "There are some"- which is correct?

I was at school and my teacher said There's some in there. Was that phrase correct? Is it "there is some in there" or "there are some in there"?
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I hear you speaking or I hear you speak?

I used to think that it is always a Subject + verb in a relevant tense + object + verb-ing construction, such as in the examples: I can hear you speaking I have seen you drinking John hates me crying ...
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Mixing past and present in the same sentence

Why are the past and present tenses mixed up in the following sentence? Our findings are consistent with a recent comparative study on image processing systems, which also stated that source code for ...
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Should it be "There is an array of tools" or "There are an array of tools"? Is "array" singular of plural here?

I’m struggling to understand what the correct wording should be here: There is a wide array of learning-based image generation tools. Why is the author using is? The sentence is referring to tools. ...
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Should i repeat the preposition “of” when using it with “and” in a phrase’s subject?

Original Phrase: Absence of puberty and development of secondary sexual characteristics is suggestive of hypogonadism.” Structures: Original: “Absence of X and Y is suggestive of Z” Alt: “Absence of X ...
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Using 'either she or I' in interrogative sentence, which is correct? "Is either she or I ," or "am either she or I" [duplicate]

Using 'either she or I' in interrogative sentence, which is correct? "Is either she or I ," or "am either she or I" The sentence I am thinking of is "Is either she or I ...
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Is "competition" singular or plural in this sentence:

In the sentence below, the word "competition" refers to art student peers in other art schools. "Competition" feels like a singular group of people, which means I'd use the verb &...
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Is "candidates WERE neither able to build...nor SUBSTANTIATED it with facts" grammatical?

I am learning English as a second language. I was going through the feedbacks of examiners, who conduct/mark CSS exams (this is a competitive exam conducted to appoint Government officers in Pakistan),...
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How to find the correct form of verb in ambiguous subjects.?

Neelima, my best friend / and the Head of this department / are leaving / on Monday./no error I came across this sentence in my exam, I couldn't figure out if the head of this department and Neelima ...
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Subject verb agreement with and

Are the sentences below correct? The average temperature peaks at 25 degrees in London and 30 degrees in New York. The average temperature in both cities drops between July and September. I’m ...
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Myself do or myself does?

Pronouns like “myself” and “himself” can also be used to add emphasis to a sentence, and when they are, they’re called intensive pronouns—same words, just a different name because they're used ...
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None of or None for

1. There is none of you. 2. There is none fore you. Both these two sentences have no context. Students are asked in an examination to choose the correct one.
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Subject Verb agreement: a special case?

The sentence In the play the incantations of the the witches completely accentuate/ accentuates the overall gloomy settings. My question is should I use the "S" at the end of the word ...
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What verb goes with "combined temperature"?

I came across the following two sentences in a reputable daily: The combined land and ocean temperature for the first six months of 2010 are 57.5 degrees Fahrenheit (14.2 degrees Celsius), which is 1....
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Should I say, The president of the college, together with the deans, 'is' or 'are' planning a conference for the laying down a series of regulations

My question is what verb should I use in this sentence, The president of the college, together with the deans, (is)(are) planning a conference for the purpose of laying down a series of regulations. ...
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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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Where do my interests lie?

Would I write that ‘my interests lies with…’, or would I write ‘my interests lies in…?’ If it’s the latter, should my interests lie within vs. in? I do not need instruction on using lay or lie. Ex. ...
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Subject-verb agreement with a compound subject consisting of multiple gerunds modified by an adverb

In this sentence, we have a compound subject consisting of three gerunds, and this subject clearly takes a plural verb: Eating, drinking and sleeping are prohibited. If an adverb is added at the end ...
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Which one is correct for the use of "input"?

Which one of the two sentences below is correct? The input is 20 apples. The input are 20 apples.
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Should I use singular or plural when the subject is a bag of apples?

I'm wondering which one is correct: A bag of apples weighs 25 pounds. A bag of apples weigh 25 pounds. A bowl of noodles is enough. A bowl of noodles are enough. I'm confused, should I take ‘a bag of ...
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Subject-verb agreement (communications and processing occur or occurs?)

I'm having an issue with subjects agreeing with a verb in a sentence. "Communications" sounds like a plural noun, while "processing" is singular, and the verb, "occur," ...
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Tense agreement and conditionals

I've been struggling with tenses in conditional clauses, and I do not really understand what tenses should I use in the main clause of a conditional sentence. For instance, my answer to this question &...
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Subject verb agreement when a plural becomes a singular

I always get a little confused when it comes to a plural that becomes a singular, as the example below. Which is correct? The health risks associated with smoking as an intake method, however, are ...
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Should we use singular or plural after questions asking “Which among the following ...”?

Should I use singular or plural after a question starting with Which among the following? For example, should it be version #1 or version #2 below? Which among the following statements are ...? ...
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How to decide the form of verb when the subject has "of"?

Specifically, I am trying to write this sentence, and I am not sure whether I should use "was" or "were" in the sentence. The order of probability features and amount features was/...
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X makes it look huge or makes it looks huge?

My issue with Kohinoor Black Watch is that the dial shape makes it look very huge on my skinny 6 and a quarter inch but Pratap's (a watch) curvature makes it look a bit more toned down. Question - ...
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There is/ are NOUN + VERB

When I use there is/ are Noun, I’ll use a relative clause to expand the sentence. For example There were a lot of students who didn’t take part in the activity. But I came across some sentences ...
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Compound-subject verb agreement

I am trying to understand Subject Verb Agreement, but I am having trouble understanding why some subjects are plural and others are singular. So far, I understand that a verb is based on a noun's ...
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Can ‘is’ and ‘are’ be used in the same sentence? ‘The conclusion is both are harmful.’

The conclusion is both are harmful. My friends told me that you can not use 'is' and 'are' in the same sentence.
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To be V-ed vs to v-ed

I don't understand why I can't use "to be locked up" instead of "to locked up" mentioned in this right sentence "I've often wondered what it would be like to locked up in a house for twelve weeks with ...
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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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Is it "a player who always do" or "who always does"?

I have a doubt question or confusion about the following structure: I am a player who always do the best. or I am a player who always does the best" Which is the correct version? I think the "do" ...
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He does cry and "think or thinks?" of her

It is clear that we write: He does cry... and... He thinks of her But, I'm confused whether the second verb should be with 's' or without 's' in this case: He does cry and think/thinks of ...
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What does "they" in the phrase, "the best they can" point to?

This sentence is grabbed from a website: A teacher's primary goal is to teach students the best they can about the things that are in our textbooks and more important, how to show respect for one ...
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What days (IS or ARE) Johnny attending school?

What is the proper verb conjugation in the following sentence: My son is attending school on MWF this week. What days ____ Johnny attending? Is it "are" or "is"? Does the verb apply to the ...
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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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